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About EVs

The electric vehicle is here.

Plugshare maintains a map of charging stations around the world. See where you can charge up in Nova Scotia.  cars2

The benefits of going electric

Save money

According to PlugnDrive.ca, EV drivers, on average, can save as much as $1,500 a year by driving electric. The cost of purchasing electricity is substantially less than purchasing gas. EVs use less energy to operate, which also makes them cheaper.

Reliable and easy to drive

Most EVs will last approximately 140-180km before needing a charge. There are approximately 100 charging stations across Nova Scotia to make sure you’re never without an outlet on the road, and more charging stations are being installed every year.

Easy to maintain

The motor inside an EV is tried and true technology, without the complications that come from a gas motor. There are no coolants, oils, mufflers or exhaust systems to worry about so you’ll also save money on maintenance compared to a gas powered vehicle.

Help the environment

Transportation is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia. With an EV, the only carbon emissions come from the power stations that generate the electricity. With 28% of Nova Scotia’s electricity coming from renewable resources, and with the percentage of renewable sources growing every year, driving an EV can reduce your emissions footprint. An EV in Nova Scotia emits as much as 50% less CO2 than a gas car, which will only improve overtime as we progress towards our goal of 40% renewable generation by 2020.

Types of electric vehicles

There are three types of EVs on the road today:


Non plug-in

The most common type of EV available today, hybrids rely on two drive systems to generate their own electricity to feed their batteries. Nearly every major manufacturer offers many different models of hybrids for customers to choose from.

Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)


A PHEV has both a rechargeable battery pack and a gasoline engine, and if the battery pack is depleted, the gasoline engine takes over. In Canada, Toyota, Ford, Porsche and BMW all offer PHEV options. 

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)


BEVs are powered only by a rechargeable battery pack, nothing else. Without any gasoline, they generate zero emissions. Tesla, Nissan, Ford, Kia, Mitsubishi and BMW all offer BEVs to consumers in Canada.

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While you can always simply plug your EV into any grounded exterior outlet, there are lots of easy ways to quickly charge your EV in Nova Scotia. Electric Vehicles_SlowCharger

LEVEL 1 (120 Volts/15 Amps)
Portable and standard wall outlets.
Best for charging your EV overnight at your
home or in a garage. Less than 13 hours.

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LEVEL 2 (240 Volts/30 Amps)
On-board charging station.
The most common charging station for EV's,
easy to install in a garage or driveway.
3-8 hours.

LEVEL 3 (480 Volts/100 Amps) - DC quick chargersElectric Vehicles_FastCharger
High-powered charging station. Super charged DC
outlets in stations around NS will charge your EV
in just minutes. 20-30 minutes.