First electric vehicle fast-charging station unveiled in N.B.

NB Power and Irving Oil are teaming up to install seven fast-charging stations for electric vehicles throughout the province.

The first station was unveiled Thursday morning at the Irving Big Stop in Lincoln, N.B.

Other stations are planned for Irving sites in Aulac, Salisbury, Saint-André, Youngs Cove, Woodstock (Murray's Irving) and Moncton (Magnetic Hill).

The stations will form part of a fast-charging corridor of stations located at 65-kilometre intervals along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Officials say fast chargers can recharge all-electric vehicle batteries up to 80 per cent in about half an hour.

Standard level 2 (240 Volt) charging stations will also be installed alongside the fast-charging stations for plug-in hybrid vehicles, which cannot charge at fast-charging stations.

Natural Resources Canada contributed $500,000 towards the purchase and installation of the fast-charging stations.

Electric vehicle owners are encouraged to become members of the NB Power eCharge network, where they can load credits to their account and find charging stations.