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MCW Maricor presented with ACEC Engineering Award of Excellence for NB Power eCharge Network

May 17, 2019

Publication: MCW News

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) of NB recently recognized MCW Maricor with an Engineering Excellence Award for the firms work on the NB Power Electric Vehicle eCharge Network - a Level 3 electric vehicle charging station network that spans the whole province of New Brunswick.

The award was presented at ACEC’s 22nd Annual Excellence Awards Dinner and Gala on May 1st, 2019 in Fredericton. This event is a showcase of the engineering excellence and expertise happening across New Brunswick. They are a testament to the knowledge, skill and innovation offered by engineering firms in the Maritimes.

Image of MCW, NB Power and NB Green Party representatives with the Award

Left to Right: N.B. Green Party Leader David Coon,  MCW Maricor Associate Dave Knickle, NB Power Director, Products and Services Development, Blake Hunter, MCW Maricor Partner Carman Travis, NB Power e-Mobility Manager, Diane Robichaud - representatives photographed with the ACEC Engineering Excellence Award for MCW Maricor.

MCW Maricor provided engineering services for the project, which included high-voltage electrical engineering for all 25 sites on the eCharge Network. The majority of the project was delivered by MCW Custom Energy Solutions as Prime Consultant. The combined engineering expertise and project management capabilities brought to bear by each of these MCW divisions demonstrates our company’s services capability for unique energy infrastructure projects that are helping reduce our clients’ – and our country’s – environmental footprint.

The eCharge Network is the first of its kind in Canada: it has enabled New Brunswick to be the first fully-connected province in Canada for Electric Vehicle (EV) fast-charging. The electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network creates corridors that connects New Brunswick’s cities, cities, towns and villages in all corners of the province.

Fast charging through the Level 3 chargers use DC current, and enables 50 to 80 kW EVs reach 80% of their battery capacity in about 30 minutes. This greatly increases the convenience to regular EV drivers when compared to Level 2 stations, which can take 3 or more hours to complete an adequate charge for long day trips. Each station in the eCharge Network is located within 100km of the next closest station, which helps mitigate ‘range anxiety’ some EV drivers can have when faced with the risk of draining a battery before getting to another charging station.