YELLOWKNIFE – Electric vehicles are a rare sight in Canada’s North, with challenges such as frigid winter temperatures and limited infrastructure.
The Northwest Territories is hoping to change that.
The territorial government plans to develop a vehicle-charging corridor between the Alberta boundary and Yellowknife to encourage more residents to buy electric vehicles to reduce their carbon footprint.
“There will soon be a time in which not having electric charging stations along the highway will be equivalent to not having gas stations,” said Robert Sexton, director of energy with the territory’s Department of Infrastructure.
“Even though it does seem right now that there’s limited uptake of electric vehicles and some of the barriers seem sort of insurmountable, we have to plan to start doing this, because in five years’ time, it’ll be too late.”