Electric vehicle charging requirements
Did you know that 33% of the greenhouse gas emissions in our communities come from cars?
But just one electric vehicle (EV) on the road can reduce the amount of carbon by about 4 tons per year.
Preparing for an electric future
Widespread use of EVs is currently limited, but as fuel prices continue to climb, we expect that more and more people will begin to adopt this greener form of transport.
The City is making the transition as easily as possible, by updating building bylaws to include EV charging infrastructure requirements.
By acting now, Council is supporting early adopters, while ensuring there is capacity to support the growing demand.
Installing electric vehicle charging in new multi-family buildings
People who live in multi-family homes in urban communities tend to drive shorter distances, making EVs very practical.
To accommodate EVs in new apartment buildings, condos, townhouses, and other buildings with a minimum of three homes, Council has made the following revisions to the City's building bylaw:
- Parking stalls - 20% of the parking stalls in every building must include a receptacle for charging cars.
- Electrical room - The electrical room must include enough space to install any equipment necessary to provide charging for all residents in the future.
These new bylaws came into force on April 20, 2011.
Retrofitting existing multi-family buildings
While supporting EVs in new buildings is important, the City is also supporting early adopters who live and work in existing buildings that have no access to electric outlets.
The City continues to work closely with the provincial government, federal government, and BC Hydro, to establish best practice guidelines for installing EV charging infrastructure.
Existing BC Hydro guidelines offer information on costs and charging technology options, so that building managers, strata councils, and fleet managers can understand the implications of providing EV charging.
The City will also facilitate the development permitting process for retrofitting buildings to include charging infrastructure.
Installing electric vehicles in single family dwellings
Under the City's Green Homes Program, all new one- and two-family homes must be adaptable to future green energy technologies as they develop, as well as power the next generation of electric cars.