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Vancouver aims to meet the electric vehicle demand

June 26 2017 City of Vancouver hopes to expand EV charging and introduce user fees

Electric vehicle station

Tomorrow city staff will be asking City Council for approval on two electric vehicle initiatives highlighted in the Renewable City Strategy (RCS). The RCS is part of Vancouver's Greenest City Action Plan to help us transition off of fossil fuels over the next thirty years.

Electric vehicle use on the rise

BC Hydro expects the number of electric vehicles in the province to increase to about 300,000 by 2030, and Vancouver alone will see about 30,000. The uptake of electric vehicles in the city is rising and a questionnaire completed last year of over 2,000 people showed that 85 per cent of respondents who are planning to buy a new car in the next five years would or would consider buying an electric vehicle. This is promising as the City strives to eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels. Transportation is responsible for 41 per cent of the carbon pollution in Vancouver, and transitioning light duty fossil fuel vehicles to electric or zero emission will see that number decrease significantly.

EV charging pilot

There are two reports going to Council next Tuesday:

They are aimed at helping the City meet the expected increase in electric vehicles over the next five years.

The proposed Curbside EV Charging Pilot Program will enable businesses and home owners who don't have access to off-street parking to install curbside electric vehicle charging. One of the biggest barriers to owning or switching to an electric vehicle is lack of access to convenient charging. The proposed pilot will help address this barrier and make electric vehicles a viable choice for more residents and businesses.

The pilot will be open for two years and staff will monitor throughout to measure the overall effectiveness, as well as the support from surrounding homeowners and businesses, the result of which will be reported back to Council.

EV user fees

The Introduction of EV Charging User Fees report proposes to introduce user fees at city-owned electric vehicle charging stations at sixteen locations to ensure fair access to EV charging, increase turn over and encourage those drivers with home or workplace access to utilize those options.  Fees will be charged hourly to encourage turnover once batteries are fully charged and will be adjusted at individual locations over time to accommodate changes in demand.

Staff are proposing:

  • $2/hour + regular meter rate for Level 2 charger (as applicable)
  • $16/hour + regular meter rate for a DC Fast charger

To fill an efficient gasoline car of a similar size would cost approximately twice as much at today's prices.

Use of the City's EV charging stations has more than doubled in the past two years.  The stations where fees are being introduced had over 17,000 charging sessions averaging nearly five hours per day per station last year. The City is also continuing to expand the public charging network so that more residents and businesses have improved access to charging infrastructure when and where they need it.

Learn more about the Renewable City Strategy

Learn more about the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Strategy