For Immediate Release
February 19, 2015
ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is applauding the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for its investment in electrical vehicle infrastructure. The Department of Environment and Conservation announced today funding in the amount of $52,000 to aid with the supply and installation of five residential and 14 commercial electric vehicle charging stations in the province.
“Electric vehicles are well suited for our province,” says Lomond. He notes that when Muskrat Falls begins operations, 98% of Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy will be derived from renewable resources. “Electric vehicles will produce no emissions while on the road, and will be charged by a clean energy source.”
Department of Environment and Conservation Minister Dan Crummell inspecting an electric vehicle at Green Rock E.V.S.
Lomond says the province’s rich supply of renewable energy presents a unique opportunity for Newfoundland and Labrador to significantly impact one of its highest sources of greenhouse gas emissions: transportation.
“Over time, our provincial government can replace portions of its fleet with electric vehicles,” suggests Lomond. “This will create great value for the taxpayers. The government could achieve a significant reduction in fuel consumption and maintenance costs.”
Electric vehicles cost about $2.00 to drive 100km. Even a brand new compact car uses 7 litres on average or more fuel per 100km. At gas prices of $1.00 per litre, that represents a cost of $7.00 to drive 100km. Natural Resources Canada estimates the average driver in Newfoundland and Labrador drives close to 15,000km per year. “Fleet-wide, this could represent considerable savings for our province” says Lomond. In addition, electric vehicles have less moving parts and components then fossil fuel vehicles and require no oil or filter changes – meaning less maintenance.
Lomond suggests that the province could explore the use of rebates and/or tax incentives to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles. “Other provincial jurisdictions in Canada offer incentives to individuals, businesses, and municipalities to encourage faster adoption of electric vehicles,” says Lomond. “Given our renewable energy resources in Newfoundland and Labrador, this may be a worthwhile program for our province.”
Lomond recognizes that the appropriate infrastructure must exist before such plans are realized. “We congratulate the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on its initiative to help build that charging station infrastructure throughout the province.”
NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. NEIA has over 190 members. More information can be found at http://www.neia.org.
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