We're making it easier to switch to electric vehicles through new infrastructure and removing policy barriers
We're adding electric vehicle charging infrastructure, removing policy barriers to electric vehicle use and preparing to adapt infrastructure, as needed, for other ZEVs – such as hydrogen vehicles – in the future.
Helping enable a rapid increase the use of zero-emission vehicles will reduce community emissions and could account for 20% of all emission reductions by 2050. We're working toward more than doubling the provincial target for ZEVs. We'll achieve this by:
- providing chargers for electric vehicles (EVs)
- ensuring bylaws and policies support and encourage ZEV use
- monitoring trends and adapting infrastructure, as needed, for other ZEVs–like hydrogen powered vehicles
This Big Move builds on the recently adopted zoning bylaw that requires EV charging infrastructure be built into all new residential parking stalls. We're also piloting Level 2 public chargers in all four quadrants of the city and are developing non-residential charging requirements for new development–commercial, institutional and industrial.
In addition, the Town Centre Street Design Standards will be amended to include curbside charging in dual parking pods, ensuring that a public network continues to be expanded as town centres redevelop. We're also planning for EV charging stations at civic facilities.
To maximize opportunities for ZEV use, we'll also seek out opportunities to partner with BC Hydro and the provincial and federal governments, as well as the development and business communities.
Enabling a rapid increase in ZEV use will directly reduce community emissions and could account for 20% of emission reductions by 2050.