Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

July 14, 2017

NB Power

NB Power has announced plans for the province’s first electric vehicle charging network, being built with public and private partners.

Fifteen highway locations featuring fast-chargers and level-2 chargers will be installed by the end of the year. Another nine level-2 chargers have already been installed at participating municipalities and businesses.

“We are incredibly proud to offer our customers and visitors to New Brunswick convenient charging with the launch of our eCharge Network,” says Gaëtan Thomas, President and CEO of NB Power. “Our goal is to make it easy for owners of electric vehicles to drive wherever they choose in New Brunswick, and to encourage more drivers to consider an electric vehicle for their next purchase.”

In addition to the network of standard charging stations, the eCharge network will also include 400 volt fast-charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway and in the northern parts of New Brunswick. These 15 fast-charging stations will enable all-electric vehicles to recharge in as little as 20 to 30 minutes. Fast-charge sites will include standard level-2 stations for both battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

An investment of $500,000 from Natural Resources Canada will go towards purchasing and installing the charging stations for the 10 fast-charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway.

Fast chargers are being installed at the following locations along the Trans-Canada Highway:

  • Edmundston Truck Stop
  • Irving Big Stop, Saint-André
  • Johnson Guardian, Perth-Andover
  • Murray’s Irving, Woodstock
  • Petro-Canada / Acorn Restaurant, Prince William
  • Irving Big Stop, Waasis
  • Youngs Cove Irving
  • Irving Big Stop, Salisbury
  • Magnetic Hill Irving, Moncton
  • Irving Big Stop, Aulac

The eCharge Network will be interoperable with networks across Canada, including the FLO and Electric Circuit networks.

CSA

 

By William (Bill) Burr

In this article: Section 56 — Optical fibre cables. Section 56 is a supplementary or amendatory section of the code and applies to the installation of optical fibre cables in conjunction with all other electrical systems. Rule 56-002 provides a special terminology definition for an Optical Fibre Cable — a cable consisting of one or more optical fibres that transmits modulated light for the purpose of control, signalling or communications.

Rule 56-102 outlines that there are three types of optical fibre cables.



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