Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Newfoundland and Labrador
House of Assembly unanimously supports Liberal Government’s plan for province-wide electric vehicle charging network – November 20, 2019.
Electric Vehicle Debate Origin
Electric Vehicles were front and centre at the House of Assembly last week. It all started when Perry Trimper, MHA for the District of Lake Melville, introduced a Private Members Resolution on Monday November 18, 2019, calling on the House of Assembly to support your Liberal Government’s plan for a fast-charging network across the province, starting with 14 chargers along the Trans-Canada Highway.
Pre-Debate Electric Vehicle Showcase
With the debate set for Wednesday November 20, 2019, MHA Trimper reached out to the group Drive Electric NL to get involved with the debate. MHA Trimper has driven an electric vehicle for the past four years and found a positive response from the group. They agreed to not only watch the debate unfold, but their members came together to showcase 10 different electric vehicles in front of the Confederation Building before the debate started.
NEW Green Licence Plates
MHA Trimper was joined by Premier Dwight Ball, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment Derrick Bragg and Minister of Service NL Sherry Gambin-Walsh for a suprise reveal. Together they revealed the prototype for a new licence plate. The plate featured green font and when ready will be made available for electric vehicle owners in Newfoundland and Labardor. This will help raise public awareness about electric vehicles in our province.
The HoA Debate
After the electric vehicle showcase, the debate began at 3:00 p.m. in the House of Assembly. MHA Trimper led off, using his years of experience (he has driven an EV since 2016) and scientific training to frame his arguments of downward trending costs for EVs and the reduced environmental impact these vehicles have on the environment. He was supported by his colleagues with MHA Sarah Stoodley, Minister Bragg, and Minister Coady speaking in favour of the motion. The PC Opposition supported the Government and the NDP, after having an amendment ruled out-of-order by the Speaker, voted in favour as well and the motion passed with unanimous support.
If We Build it They Will Come
With the passing of the resolution the entire House of Assembly is on record as supporting your Liberal Government’s plan for electric vehicle charging stations. This is a step in the right direction and will encourage more people in Newfoundland and Labrador to consider going electric.
Increasing the number of electric vehicles on our roads addresses many of the concerns we face as citizens in Newfoundland and Labrador. Electric vehicles empower individuals to take their own action on climate change, put thousands of dollars back into drivers pockets each year, and contribute substantially to electrical rate mitigation. I look forward to continuing the campaign of awareness of this fast-charging network and the benefits of electric vehicles for the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador.Perry Trimer, MHA for the District of Lake Melville
The Future of EVs in NL
With unanimous support obtained, your Liberal Government is moving ahead with a plan to work with NL Hydro to establish fast-charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway. Recently the tender closed on 14 charging stations along the TCH those bids are being evaluated.
The Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador will provide more information regarding this initiative when it becomes available and will continue to share news and insights from this burgeoning electric vehicle industry. This is important for our province because EVs allow citizens to save money on vehicle operating costs, cut down on their own carbon emissions, and contribute to electrification in NL that will help mitigate the effect of Muskrat Falls on electricity rates.