We currently manage 78 “Level 2” public charging points throughout Vancouver, and one DC Fast Charger, located next to Highway 1 at Empire Fields.
It’s estimated that another 175 charging points are available to EV drivers in Vancouver that are managed by parking garages, hotels, shopping malls, and other services.
British Columbia is fortunate to have an electrical grid that is 93% renewable. EVs can charge up today and have nearly emissions-free travel with zero tailpipe emissions. This reduces the climate change impact from gasoline or diesel vehicles and improves air quality for everyone.
Vancouver is a dense, compact city. Most Vancouver drivers travel less than 30 km per day. EV batteries can be recharged from these trips in about one hour on a Level 2 (240V) plug, or in a few minutes on a Fast Charger. EVs are more flexible at "refuelling" than conventional vehicles – they can be charged at home, businesses, parking garages, parks, and more.
EVs are more efficient than fossil-fueled vehicles, travelling about 5 times further per unit of energy. They are also quiet and require far less maintenance than a conventional vehicle.
We're committed to deriving 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050. How we get around will play an important role in how we get to that goal, and we know that walking, cycling, or taking transit isn’t always possible.
The Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Strategy was approved on November 16, 2016, and aims to create flexible options for charging vehicles which is integral to achieving our goal of 100% renewably powered transportation before 2050.
We recognize that light-duty vehicles will continue to be an important part of Vancouver's transportation system for the foreseeable future. To that end, electric vehicle infrastructure is critical in shifting light-duty vehicles away from fossil fuels.
While electric vehicle uptake continues to grow, one of the single greatest barriers to widespread adoption is a lack of access to convenient charging.
Electric vehicle sales in Vancouver are growing steadily, with about 70% growth year-over-year since 2011. There are currently over 3,000 electric vehicles in Metro Vancouver. By 2050, we expect about 300,000 electric vehicles to be registered in the city.
In 2010, we partnered with Project Get Ready, established by the Rocky Mountain Institute, to develop a list of actions to support and increase electric vehicle use. Since then, we’ve deployed a small network of Level 2 charging stations plus one DC Fast Charging Station.
We operate a DC Fast Charging station in partnership with BC Hydro at Empire Fields on Hastings Street, next to Highway 1. The Province of BC plans to add many more DC Fast Charging stations throughout the province, including increasing the density of stations within Metro Vancouver.
From 2011 to 2014, we ran a field trial, funded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Province of BC, and BC Hydro. We installed publicly accessible Level 2 charging stations in a variety of locations, including community centres, shopping malls, curbside, and other locations throughout the city. The field trial provided valuable insights into how EVs and charging infrastructure are used in Vancouver, as well as an understanding of deploying and managing the stations.
In 2008, we changed our Building Bylaw to require 20% of parking stalls in apartments and condos, and all stalls in houses to be electric vehicle ready. In 2013, we updated our building bylaw so that 10% of stalls in mixed-use and commercial buildings are also ready for electric vehicles. Both of these now require that these “EV-ready” locations support Level 2 (240V) charging.
We're encouraging local car-share organizations to add electric vehicles to their fleet by letting them access City-operated charging stations.
We now have the biggest municipal electric vehicle fleet in Canada with over 30 electric vehicles. That number will continue to increase as older light-duty vehicles are replaced with EVs.
Visit evcondo.ca for information on setting up EV charging in stratified buildings.
You can also search their registry to find an EV-friendly strata building.