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The decision supports the city’s Climate Emergency Action Plan goal that by 2030 half of all kilometres driven on the city’s roads will be by zero emissions vehicles.
Vancouver City Council has approved requirements to expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging as more residents and fleet managers transition to electric vehicles.
The decision supports its Climate Emergency Action Plan goal that by 2030 half of all kilometres driven on Vancouver’s roads will be by zero emissions vehicles.
The move should mean that residents and visitors will find more EV charging options when parking in non-residential buildings. The new regulations require EV charging infrastructure in 45 per cent of parking stalls in most types of new non-residential buildings, 100 per cent of new car-share stalls, and all stalls in new hotels.
These changes align with recent updates made by the City of North Vancouver, and will have minimal increases in new construction costs, while significantly reducing or eliminating future costs of retrofitting for EV chargers in these buildings.
The council said the new requirements build on a decade of work to expand EV charging, and complement existing policies that require EV-ready stalls in new residential construction, ongoing efforts to expand the public charging network, and retrofits in multi-family rental buildings to provide Vancouver residents and visitors with more convenient access to charging points.
In 2020,10 per cent of all new vehicles purchased in British Columbia were EVs, the highest rate of any jurisdiction in North America
To continue to support accessible charging for those that need it most, we’re further expanding the public charging network with a focus on neighbourhoods with less access to home charging.
In 2020, 10 per cent of all new vehicles purchased in British Columbia were EVs, the highest rate of any jurisdiction in North America. It is estimated that in Vancouver, between 12 per cent and 17 per cent of new vehicles are EVs, in part due to improved infrastructure, policy, and incentives provided by all levels of government.
The city council said it is working to support the growing number of EVs by ensuring charging infrastructure is available today and in the years to come as mass adoption will continue to match the new federal mandate that 100 per cent of vehicle sales are zero-emissions by 2035 to meet Canada’s national net-zero targets.
This regulations will take effect on 1 June 2022.
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