The government of Alberta will spend $1.2 million in 2019 to help build up the electric vehicle (EV) charging capacity across the southern end of the province. The project, called the Peaks to Prairies Southern Alberta Electric Vehicle Network, is an initiative of the Community Energy Association. When completed, it will cover more than 1,700 kilometres of southern Alberta highways and transition the region to full electric vehicle connectivity.
The charging stations will be made in Canada by AddEnergie. They will be installed in at least 20 communities and will be fully powered by renewable energy from southern Alberta. Alberta-based ATCO Electric will install, own and operate the network.
Charging stations will be located in recreational and retail areas of small communities, with the hope of giving electric vehicle users access to more cultural and recreational opportunities, and helping to expand tourism and economic development.
The Peaks to Prairies project was created by a group of southern Alberta municipalities and economic development groups, including SouthGrow Regional Initiative, Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance, City of Lethbridge, City of Calgary and Medicine Hat College. The partners came together in 2016 with an interest in developing a regional electric vehicle charging network to facilitate emissions reductions, economic development and tourism.