Feds invest $2.6 million in Nunavik electric vehicle infrastructure

Charging stations to be set up at two mines

Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced Wednesday the government is investing $2.6 million into electric vehicle infrastructure in Nunavik with Montreal-based TUGLIQ Energy Co.(File photo of Ivujivik by Sarah Rogers)

By Nunatsiaq News

The federal government is investing $2.6 million into electric vehicle infrastructure in Nunavik.

Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced Wednesday that Montreal-based TUGLIQ Energy Co. will receive the funding to demonstrate and assess the use of electric vehicle technology, such as charging stations, tied to a hybrid diesel-renewable smart grid. 

TUGLIQ will install recharge stations at Raglan Mine in Nunavik and Minerai de fer Quebec’s Bloom Lake Mine, in northern Quebec, according to a Natural Resources Canada webpage on the project. Two trucks and one bus at each mine will use the stations, and their batteries will be kept warm using a block heater.

The setup will allow TUGLIQ to learn more about challenges associated with cold-weather charging, including charging fleets of vehicles overnight using a limited, isolated grid.

“Introducing cutting-edge EV infrastructure, particularly in rural and remote northern communities, will demonstrate how these communities can meet their future transportation needs with zero-emission vehicle technologies,” said the minister in a media release. 

Wilkinson added it will also provide Inuit students attending the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy, a knowledge-sharing program between Canada, the U.S., Iceland and Gwich’in Council International, with job opportunities through the operation and maintenance training of EV charging stations.

Federal funding has been provided through the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program, which works to accelerate market entry of next-generation clean energy technologies.

TUGLIQ Energy Co. is investing an additional $1.8 million into the project.

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(18) Comments:

  1. Posted by Kuujjuaq on

    Sticking with my big ass pickup truck , till the goverment forces me to buy one of these EV vehicles. Who else is going to tow my big ass boat to the marina.

    • Posted by Northerner on

      Does anybody in the north own a electric car, and if so how are they operating on a nice cold winter day

      • Posted by Dave on

        I hear you my friend.

        Northern Alberta is proving it can be done…… I didn’t believe it either until I saw it. I admit to being surprised.

  2. Posted by Curious but lazy on

    I’m curious how electric vehicles will handle the cold too, but not nearly curious enough to do even the tiniest bit of research on it.

  3. Posted by Only for the mines? on

    So the $2.6 million is only for electric vehicle infrastructure at the MINES? Nothing for the communities, nothing for the Inuit. Very nice Quebec Gov’t!

    • Posted by SARCASM on

      Only , when inuks start buying electric ATVs , will the goverment built the infrastructure.

  4. Posted by V Xaronski on

    How is the electricity in these places generated?

    • Posted by Ponder on

      Exactly, redundant, isn’t it? Lol, not to mention as soon as the cold sucks the juice right out of the batteries. I guess they would be useful (in town only) maybe 3 months abyear

    • Posted by Burn stuff to look cool on

      Power plants (maybe not our old rusty-trusties) generate power via burning fossil fuels MUCH MORE efficiently than Vehicles. If greenhouse gases were golf strokes and what we’re doing now is Par for the course, with 0 emissions representing a Hole in One… I’ll take a few birdies where I can get ’em.

      P.S. The battery is storing this thing called electricity that can run a heating source to keep the batteries from dying.

      • Posted by John K on

        People are going to hate the reality you just presented them.

  5. Posted by Umingmak on

    This is totally nuts. Electric vehicles in an arctic/sub-arctic climate? Pure ideological nonsense. They hardly work in Edmonton & Winnipeg during the winter.

    • Posted by Wait, what? on

      “Pure ideological nonsense”

      Please, name the ideology?

      • Posted by S on

        The ideology is oligarchy-mandated socialism also known as theocracy

        • Posted by John K on

          Tell me you don’t understand political science without telling me you don’t understand political science.

  6. Posted by 1skater on

    Chinese owned business being support big funds from so called Canadian so called gov’t

  7. Posted by Marina T. on

    Quite frankly, I completely support this initiative to invest $2.6 million into electric vehicle infrastructure in Nunavik because I think that it is a huge step towards development and it will lay the foundation of a new prosperous reality in Nunavik. I think that it is a necessary investment and decision which will open new prospects for people and for the transportation sector in this area. We live in the modern world and it is really important to Implement advanced technologies when it is possible. Also, Introducing cutting-edge EV infrastructure is a huge step towards an eco-friendly future because electric vehicles are more ecological than cars running on gas or diesel fuel. From my point of view, this measure will entail only positive consequences and will open new opportunities for people, bearing necessary fruits.

    // Marina Teramond

    • Posted by Paulossie Napartuk on

      In reality those companies are all owned by southern companies, so in actuality they are not spending any monies allotted for Nunavik, on Nunavik. How come the governments are saying they had given money for 0 emissions, as to per region when in reality, none of Nunavimmiut are not getting the benefits, that the program was supposedly, supposed to benefit the region of Nunavik?

  8. Posted by Boisclair Camille on

    Investing 2.6 millions so that the big mining industry will come in and make hundreds of millions by digging your land saying they need the rare metals to be able to make the batteries. What a deal.

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