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State of Charge: Plugging into Atlantic Canada with a Mustang Mach-E Select

State of Charge: Plugging into Atlantic Canada with a Mustang Mach-E Select
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But that’s a topic best explored another day. On this mauzy afternoon, we find ourselves thinking about charging networks in this neck of the woods and their ability to facilitate all-electric jaunts from Nova Scotia’s capital city to other major centres. A trip from the Halifax pier to the French delights of Moncton will spin up 261 km on one’s odometer, well within the confines of most modern EV batteries. One-way, of course.

Along the route, which is a restricted-access divided highway the entire length, EV drivers will find a grand total of four high-speed DC charge stations from various brands — Flo, PetroCan, and eCharge. The cities at each terminus have about that number of Level 3 stations in their municipal limits, so letting one’s EV recharge while hitting up the Champlain Mall is a sensible decision to take care of electricity needed for the return trip.

Absent charging while doing whatever it is for which you visited Moncton (shopping at Jean Coutou, eating poutine, or complaining about Anglophones), some advance planning is required. Departing Halifax in a fully charged Mach-E Select, travelling to Moncton, then heading back to the Level 3 fast charger near the NB/NS border will consume about 320km, leaving only about 15 per cent charge in the Ford’s standard range battery.

It’ll take about 45 minutes for this 50 kW charger to juice the Select’s battery to about 80 per cent, a sum more than sufficient to take you back to the Halifax area and its salty ocean air. Like most chargers located at an Irving station in New Brunswick, there’s a hearty restaurant on site and a few other facilities. There is a 150 kW PetroCan charger along this route, and it works seamlessly, but its location is nearly 200km distant from our target of Moncton.

Tesla stans take note: there is but a single Supercharger location (with an octet of plugs) in the entirety of Nova Scotia, with three more in the works. Supercharger availability increases dramatically in New Brunswick where there are half a dozen smartly placed stations. Residents on Newfoundland island are largely out of luck for now, while PEI is scheduled for a Supercharger installation later this year.

We plan to palm the keys of at least two more EVs this summer — the Chevy Bolt and new Bolt EUV — with the intent of assessing the state of charge between other major centres in the Atlantic Provinces. With Covid restrictions lifting like the morning fog, look for those paeans to appear before the leaves turn colour this autumn.
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