But the provincial government says it wants to be ready for an expected increase in electric vehicles. The utility hopes the chargers will encourage drivers to shift to electric.
In a news release on Tuesday, the Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture said it will add standard level-2 electric charging stations at:
- Mactaquac Provincial Park
- Parlee Beach Provincial Park
- De la Republique Provincial Park
- New River Beach Provincial Park
- Hopewell Rocks
- Village Historique Acadien
NB Power is using these three charging stations in Fredericton for research in energy efficiency. (Redmond Shannon/CBC)
The utility indicated earlier that it would add more charging stations this year under a $3 million program.
"The province is the fastest-growing electric vehicle market in the country, with a 124 per cent year-over-year increase," read Tuesday's statement.
But in April, reports submitted to the Energy and Utilities Board revealed that several charging stations were only used one hour a week in December 2017.
Kings Landing, opened in 1974, will be one of the parks to receive an electric charging station. (Jordan Gill/CBC)
But the utility said it believed adding more charging stations would encourage more electric vehicle sales.
Shelia Legace, a spokesperson for NB Power, said a network of charging stations reduces "range anxiety" for drivers of electric vehicles.
"Therefore, encouraging more people to adopt electric vehicles."
Of the 95 or so electric vehicles registered in the province, NB Power owns 26 and the rest are owned by a variety ofÂ private organizations.
Environment Minister Andrew Harvey said the charging stations are a response to demand and will help support a cleaner economy.
"Installing charging stations at our provincial parks and attractions ensures our government is meeting the increasedÂ demand for cleaner transportation methods for our tourists and residents," he said.
Parlee Beach Provincial Park, one of the province's most popular tourist draws, will also get a station. (Paul Hantiuk/CBC)
NB Power said it needs to be prepared for increased use of electric vehicles.
"NB Power wants to ensure that it can serve these customers and also ensure these vehicles don't have a negative impact on the power grid," Legace said.