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Media Releases

Yukon Energy Begins the Switch to LED Streetlights Throughout its Service Area
January 4, 2016

Yukon Energy Begins Works With Yukoners to Plan Next 20 Years
October 6, 2015

Yukon Energy’s Natural Gas Facility Complete and In Service
July 8, 2015

Whitehorse General Hospital Re-joins Secondary Sales Program; Provides Win for Yukon as a Whole
March 11, 2015

Yukon Energy Moves Forward With Wind Work
December 5, 2014

inCharge: New Yukon-wide Electricity Conservation Program Launched
September 24, 2014

Yukon Energy Has New President and CEO
August 14, 2014

Northern Climate ExChange partners with Yukon Energy and federal government on hydrosecurity project
September 17, 2013

Capstone Mining Corp. and Yukon Energy Partner on Energy Audit
July 5, 2013

Yukon Energy Seeks Input on 20-Year Resource Plan
July 25, 2012

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As part of the work we are doing to update our 20-Year Resource Plan, we had a study done looking at how many electric vehicles (EVs) we may see in Yukon over the next two decades. The study can be found in full at the bottom of this page.

Key findings are that:

  • Plug-in electric vehicles has the potential to reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions dramatically, However there are a few challenges that at the moment make it difficult for Yukon to widely adopt EV technology.
    • Currently, manufacturers are focussing on electric cars and not on electric trucks. In Yukon, 62 percent of the vehicles are trucks, and only 30 percent are cars.
    • Current battery technology has some limitations in terms of performing well in cold climates. Batteries typically perform less than half as well as those used in temperate climates.
    • Yukoners tend to drive long distances, and again, there are currently technological limitations in this regard. However, electric vehicles - particularly plug-in hybrid electric vehicles - are still a viable transportation option for the average Yukon commute to and from work.
  • Taking all these things into account, it does not appear at this time that there will be a high percentage of Yukoners purchasing EVs over the next 20 years. That being said, technology can change rapidly, so we will be closely watching the EV market for new developments. 
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