NB Power is unveiling an electric vehicle demonstration project as part of its 10-year smart grid strategy. The project will evaluate the suitability of electric vehicles and electric vehicle charger technologies for New Brunswick’s geography, climate and telecommunications networks.
Depending on market growth and public awareness, New Brunswick could have up to 6,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020.
The demonstration project, dubbed Shift Your Ride, has three components:
· Evaluating electric vehicle technology and programs to support charging infrastructure in businesses, communities and homes. While geography and climate are factors to evaluate, the key factor is ensuring compatibility of electric vehicle charger technology with New Brunswick’s broadband network. Electric vehicles can be charged when renewable energy is available, so real time usage information is available to smart grid’s virtual power plant.
· Engaging and informing New Brunswickers about the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles, including fuel savings and the potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as the costs, locations, best practices and timing for charging of electric vehicles. NB Power is partnering with national electric vehicle education and advocacy partners Plug’n Drive and the Canadian Automobile Association.
· Undertaking a fleet review service to enable municipalities and organizations to determine a business case and suitability of integrating electric vehicles into their fleets. NB Power has partnered with FleetCarma to offer a fleet review service with the municipalities of Fredericton, Moncton, Quispamsis, Rothesay and Bathurst as well as the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Fredericton has already received a complimentary fleet review using FleetCarma’s software. Moncton is undergoing the review while Bathurst, Quispamsis and Rothesay have agreed to take part in the project. Other municipalities are being approached.
NB Power is partnering with two Canadian leaders in electric vehicle information to encourage this growth by promoting better understanding of electric vehicles, charging technology and the benefits they could provide to New Brunswick.