The transportation system in Nova Scotia currently contributes 25% to the province's total greenhouse gas emissions, with a majority of that attributed to fossil fuel-powered road transportation. The environment would benefit from even a small portion of fossil fuel-powered transportation being replaced with the electric drive where the electricity is provided by a renewable source (such as wind, tidal, or mink waste). Digby County has access to such renewable energy sources, and therefore there is excellent potential for reducing the environmental impact of the transportation system in the area.
The Municipality of Digby has been awarded a $30,000 Sustainable Transportation Grant through the program Nova Scotia Moves for analysis into the feasibility of converting local fossil fuel-powered transportation infrastructure to electric drive. The study is a collaborative research effort by the Municipality and Dalhousie University, Renewable Energy Storage Laboratory.
A survey of business transportation needs within Digby county has been completed, and a residential transportation survey is now being conducted to determine what community interest exists for electric plug-in or plug-in hybrid vehicles, and also to identify any trends in how local residents use their vehicles. The Municipality of the District of Digby is asking for residents to assist the study by completing a brief survey, which is available by clicking below. Your time is appreciated.
The MODD has installed four EV charge stations in the district. (1) Bear River, (2) Weymouth, Sissiboo Landing, (3/4) Digby Superstore. These are Level II charge stations. As well there are two EV stations at Sobeys (1) Level II and (1) Level III.