“In a major move to reduce carbon emissions, the Manitoba Government and Manitoba Hydro have inked an agreement with Nissan Canada to provide the infrastructure to support electric vehicles. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines a path to build a charging network system that will allow for the roll-out of the new all-electric Nissan LEAF to be smooth and seamless.
“Manitoba has a roadmap for a fossil fuel-free future and this agreement is another milestone along that pathway,” said the Honourable David Chomiak, Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines with the Province of Manitoba. “Electric vehicles could present a significant opportunity to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba and benefit our economy by allowing us to replace imported fossil fuel with our own clean, renewable hydroelectricity as an affordable energy source for our cars.”
“We continue to work closely with the public and private sector to form partnerships to promote electric vehicle use in Manitoba,” said Bob Brennan, Manitoba Hydro President and CEO. “Understanding the grid requirements needed to support EVs will ensure Manitoba Hydro can reliably meet these requirements and provide for the future of electric mobility in our province.”
The Nissan LEAF will be one of the first affordable all-electric vehicles on the market, which will immediately appeal to over 13,000 Canadians who have indicated they will consider purchasing one. The 5-door hatchback has a range of 160 kilometres on a full charge and will be available for $38,395 this fall to select markets that have the proper charging network. With 95 commitments already in place from governments around the world, the latest move by the Manitoba Government shows the Canadian drive to go green.”