Parks Canada adds 18 electric-vehicle charging stations on P.E.I.

Parks Canada has installed 18 new electric-vehicle charging stations this year on P.E.I. to promote sustainable travel when visiting the sites.

The chargers will be free to use and available as conditions permit

Parks Canada's electric vehicle sits in front of one of the newly installed chargers at Ardgowan National Historic Site in Charlottetown. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

Parks Canada has installed 18 electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations at national park sites across Prince Edward Island this summer.

It is part of an initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by moving to more electric options.

"Ours is a mid-grade electric vehicle charger so depending on your battery level, it could take up to eight hours to charge your vehicle," said Bill Courtney, Parks Canada asset manager for P.E.I. National Park.

"We offer these electric vehicle chargers free-of-charge. You can come charge your vehicle and enjoy the places."

Equipment for the 18 charging stations was donated by Tesla, while Parks Canada handled the design and installation costs.

Bill Courtney, asset manager for Parks Canada in P.E.I. National Park, says they will look to increase the number of electric vehicles in the fleet each year. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

Park sites that now have Tesla chargers installed:

  • Two at Ardgowan National Historic Site in Charlottetown.
  • Six at Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish.
  • Six in P.E.I. National Park at Brackley Beach.
  • Four in P.E.I. National Park at Greenwich.

There were already two electric-vehicle charging stations installed in the P.E.I. National Park at Dalvay — one for visitors by the Dalvay Trail House and the other to be used by Parks Canada's electric fleet.

Parks Canada is using one electric vehicle, a 2019 Nissan Leaf ,and two hybrid vehicles on the Island.

Spark of change

Courtney said Parks Canada will be trying to add EVs to its fleet every year.

A look at the electric vehicle charger in P.E.I. National Park at Brackley Beach taken before the parking stalls were painted. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

"The government of Canada and Parks Canada are endeavouring to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. One way to do that is to move from gasoline and diesel engines to electric vehicles," Courtney said.

"We want, both ourselves, to purchase more electric vehicles and we would like to encourage the travelling public to consider purchasing electric so that they can do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change."

Courtney said $150,000 was spent by Parks Canada to ensure the equipment and infrastructure were properly installed at different park locations.

Going Green

Parking spaces have been painted to identify where the chargers are so people with EVs know where to park, and others know where not to.

Green Gables Heritage Place had six chargers installed. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

"You're probably familiar with accessible parking spots being blue in some places. There are designated spots for expecting mothers or young families," Courtney said. 

"Well, we have green parking spots now and that means it's designated for electric vehicles only."

Courtney said the charging stations will be available year-round but some of the sites do not get plowed during the winter months, so access will be as conditions permit.

The installed Tesla chargers are in place at Green Gables Heritage Place in Cavendish, P.E.I. (Jane Robertson/CBC)

CBC reached out to the P.E.I. Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy but no one was made available to comment on the province's current EV fleet or future plans.

Minister Steven Myers recently drove an electric vehicle from tip-to-tip in one day to demonstrate the EV charging station network.

The province has encouraged the use of electric vehicles in the 2019 Sustainable Transportation Action Plan.

Currently, it is free to register an EV on P.E.I. and half price for hybrid vehicles.

There is a federal incentive to purchase a zero-emission vehicle through Transport Canada but no further provincial incentives on P.E.I.

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Jane Robertson is a multi-platform journalist based out of Charlottetown. She has previously worked out of Edmonton, AB, and Iqaluit, NU, in her award-winning career that has spanned more than a decade with CBC. Twitter @CBCJRobertson Instagram @CBCJaneRobertson


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