Feds invest $2.6 million in Nunavik electric vehicle infrastructure
Charging stations to be set up at two mines
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.