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April 2017Minister LeBlanc Announces Electric Vehicle Projects in New Brunswick
1. What type of EV charger is eligible under the Program?
Any electric vehicle fast charger commercially available and certified for use in Canada. The charger must be a direct current fast charger (DCFC) rated for a minimum of 50 kW power output with at least one (1) charge connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charge connector that is SAECombo (CCS) compliant or be a proprietary connector type.
The following EV chargers are also eligible for funding if placed with a level 3 fast charger as a supplementary charging option at the same site:
Any EV fast charger commercially available and certified for use in Canada. The charger must be a direct current fast charger (DCFC) rated for a minimum of 20 kW of power output with at least one (1) charge connector that is CHAdemo compliant and one (1) charger connector that is SAECombo (CCS) compliant or be a proprietary connector type.
Any Level 2 (208 / 240 V) EV charger commercially available and certified for use in Canada. The charger must have a SAE J1772 standard plug head or be a proprietary connector type rated for a minimum of 3.3 kW power output.
2. What factors may be considered for 4.13 Other Impact under Section 4: Merit Criteria of the Program?
Projects that demonstrate any other impact such as social, socio-economic, environmental or awareness will be considered. For example: use of a clean or renewable energy source, infrastructure that supports car-sharing, infrastructure located in high visibility areas, etc.
3. Are Crown Corporations considered government agencies for the purpose of determining funding?
Most Crown Corporations are treated as government agencies, but please confirm with us at: email@example.com before submitting your application.
It is also important to note that stacking limits do not include loans from governments or crown agencies. For example, loans to the project from governments or crown agencies would not be included; however, if a preferential interest rate is obtained through government loans, the cost savings due to the preferential rate would be included. Clarifications will be provided on a case-by-case basis.
4. What constitutes funding from the participants? What are admissible contributions?
Funding to a project by participants (defined as the main Applicant and its project partners) can be in the form of cash or in-kind contributions.
What is in-kind support?
In-kind support is defined as a cash-equivalent contribution in the form of an asset for which no cash is exchanged but that is essential to the project and that would have to be purchased by the project proponent on the open market, or through negotiation with the provider, if it were not provided by the project proponent.
What are the limits of in-kind contributions?
In-kind contributions will only be permitted on a case-by-case basis and must be verified and approved by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) before entering into a contribution agreement. They must be supported by a formal commitment from the project proponent and partners to provide them, prior to any commitment on Program funding to the proposed project being made.
Please refer to Applicants’ Guide, Section 3.5 Guide to In-Kind Support.
5. What is an operation and maintenance plan?
An operation and maintenance plan is a plan that includes elements such as service standards with performance levels for the operation of the station, network (for chargers), maintenance of the equipment, customer support services, customer payment options, insurance coverage, etc.
Projects that include an operation and maintenance plan may be awarded merit points on the quality of their plan.
6. What should I do if I need further information after the official launch of the RFP?
Following the official launch of the RFP, Program staff are not at liberty to discuss project proposals. In the spirit of transparency and openness, we are asking that all questions be sent by email at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers which may benefit all possible applicants will then be shared on the Program’s website.
7. Define Project readiness?
NRCan wishes to ensure that proposed projects have already met a certain state of readiness. This includes having identified and secured required permits, access to the site, fuel or power supply, established markets or any other element that demonstrate that the project is in an advance state of readiness.
To demonstrate established markets you can include a market research or a commitment letter from industry that demonstrate that vehicles will be using the infrastructure. You can also provide letters of support from private or public fleets, as well as, vehicle manufacturers.
For hydrogen infrastructure, a letter committing to release a number of vehicles that will make use of the station may be required.
8. What documents are accepted for demonstrating managerial experience?
The level of experience of the project management team, in both the conventional fuels industry and alternative fuels for the proposed project will be considered. In order to confirm the information, a description of past projects and the CV of the Project manager must be included.
9. Does NRCan’s contribution include Research & Development?
Under the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, Research and Development (R&D) projects and expenses are not eligible. NRCan’s objective is to support the deployment of the infrastructure by increasing the number of electric vehicle chargers and natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations in Canada.
If you are seeking R&D support, we invite you to contact NRCan’s Energy Innovation Program. This Program supports demonstration projects of next-generation electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Canada. You can contact them at the following address:
10. Would there be a preference as to who leads the proposal and who is the industry partner, i.e. if a technology company partners with an oil and gas company, would you prefer the technology company submit the proposal or the oil and gas company?
The Applicant is the lead on the proposal and is accountable for all assertions made. If the project is selected for funding, the Applicant would be the Proponent signing the contribution agreement with Canada. There can only be one Proponent.
During the evaluation phase, NRCan will look at all aspects of the project, including the strength of the Applicant and its partners. NRCan will also conduct a due diligence assessment on the Applicant prior to signing a contribution agreement.
The Proponent is accountable for the project and all the contribution agreement requirements.
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