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Stevenson gives presentation on benefits of electric cars, wind energy

Sun Country Highway Ltd. consultant and scientific advisor David R. Stevenson provided information on the development of electric car infrastructure at the Fossil Centre on Tuesday evening. Stevenson is also the president of Colchester-Cumberland Wind Field (CCWF) Inc., a Tatamagouche-based wind energy company.

JOGGINS-One dollar. That’s about much it would cost to drive from Joggins to Amherst and back via an electric car, claims Sun Country Highway Ltd. consultant and scientific advisor David Stevenson. On Tuesday evening, he provided information on the development of electric car infrastructure at the Fossil Centre.

“I just got back from a national conference (in Gatineau, Quebec) where myself and (engineer) David Swan gave a presentation on the progress of electric vehicle infrastructure in Nova Scotia in front of 300 or so people,” said Stevenson. “In all of Nova Scotia, there are only about 100 to 150 electric cars. The problem is that we are at the end of the pipeline. For example, electric cars made in Kentucky never make it past Massachusetts.”

Another impediment hindering the purchase of electric cars is the cost. Unlike the United States or Quebec, the government of Nova Scotia does not offer a lucrative subsidy program to offset the high cost of electric car purchases. According to Stevenson, the acquisition of used electric cars by car dealerships is one way for Nova Scotia to increase its electric car count.

Stevenson spoke about many topics, including the three “E’s” that drive electric vehicle (EV) growth: emission benefits, economic benefits and emotional benefits.

The emission benefits Stevenson spoke of referred to those mandated by the government. “Nova Scotia is the only province or state in North America that has a hard cap on GHG (Green House Gas) emissions,” said Stevenson. “In 2006, 80% of the electricity generated in Nova Scotia came from coal,” he stated. “By 2011, that number fell to 57%, thanks to wind power. Now it is probably 54 to 55%.”

Stevenson knows a lot about the green benefits wind power. Stevenson is the president of Colchester- Cumberland Wind Field (CCWF) Inc., a Tatamagouche-based energy business, while Swan is the current project manager at Spiddle Hills.

As a consultant and scientific advisor to Sun Country Highway Ltd., Stevenson is working toward the establishment of long distance DC (Direct Current) Quick Charge Stations and Community AC (Alternating Current) Level 2 Charge Stations throughout the province of Nova Scotia. “Parrsboro has one now, and soon Oxford will have one,” said Stevenson. “The first Quick Charge Station east of British Columbia will be established at the Truro Power Centre,” he announced. “We’ve been working very closely with the Millbrook First Nation. They’re a part of it.” 

Organizations: Sun Country Highway, Fossil Centre, Community AC Charge Station Truro Power Centre Millbrook First Nation

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, JOGGINS, Quebec Amherst Gatineau Kentucky Massachusetts United States North America Colchester Parrsboro Oxford British Columbia

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