Recycled Bus Batteries to Power Manitoba Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

News release

August 12, 2019                                     Winnipeg, Manitoba                               Natural Resources Canada              

Electric and alternative fuel vehicles play a key role in our clean energy future. As Canadians continue to make greener choices, the Government of Canada is committed to delivering more options for them to drive where they need to go, while creating a cleaner environment for future generations.

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, today announced a $60,000 investment for an electric vehicle charging station at the Red River College Notre Dame Campus in Manitoba. The station will run on repurposed transit bus batteries.  

The college currently offers four Level 2 chargers and one Level 3 charger for public use, and uses the chargers to further its research in electric vehicle technology.

The investment will improve the performance and reduce the cost of operating the rapid charging station by using recycled batteries and energy-efficient technologies.

This funding, which demonstrates a commitment to environmentally friendly, innovative solutions, was provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure Program. It is key to building Canada’s clean growth economy, helping accelerate the deployment and market entry of next-generation clean energy infrastructure, including Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstrations.

Canada’s investments in our energy future are guided by the work of the Generation Energy Council, which proposed pathways for the Government of Canada on how to move forward toward a strong, clean energy economy.


“This investment in clean energy technologies will help ensure that Canada remains a global leader in clean energy. The Government of Canada continues to work to reduce pollution, foster change in our transportation choices and leave a cleaner planet for future generations.”

- The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources 

“This investment will help the college to increase our current clean technology research activity on electric vehicles, along with renewable and alternative energy sources We’re proud to continue our work in helping to develop sustainable infrastructure and technology that will benefit the environment and economy in Manitoba and across Canada.”

- Ray Hoemsen
Executive Director, Research, Partnerships & Innovation at RRC

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