We applaud the Government of Canada’s funding initiatives to develop a coast-to-coast fast charging network for EVs; to establish natural gas stations along key roads and highways and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres; and to support the development of new technologies.
In an Economic Study conducted by the Canadian RV and Camping Industry in 2020, it was revealed that approximately 2.1 million (or 14% of) Canadian households own an RV and owners are more than twice as likely as the population in general to own a truck (40% vs. 18%).
What is required – and will work – in a major urban area isn’t necessarily going to fit the realities of many remote rural communities. Canadian Private Campgrounds are located throughout Canada in every Province primarily in rural areas where electric vehicle charging stations are expected to be much less available to access.
EV Stations at Private Campgrounds would be cost efficient for the Government because most Campgrounds already have the proper infrastructure but just need the additional electrical capacity in their region.
of Canadian households own an RV.
There is considerable investment needed by Government to upgrade electrical grid capabilities before Private Campgrounds in rural areas can develop EV charging stations and be a viable solution to achieve Government of Canada objectives.
EV charging systems located at Private Campgrounds throughout Canada, in rural areas located outside of the most heavily populated urban regions, would greatly assist in providing the public access to charging units as they travel more remote highways. Campgrounds have off the road frontage that is suitable for charging longer vehicles those pulling trailers needing access to pull-thru services.
CCRVC requests that the Government provide more funding for electrical infrastructure improvements and enhancements in rural areas throughout Canada. This investment would facilitate the addition of green energy charging stations within Private Campgrounds and assist in achieving the Federal Government’s goal to enable Canadians to drive and charge vehicles where they live, work and play, by creating a larger available network of EV charging locations across the country.