People plugging in an electrical vehicle into outlet

Electric vehicle charging for rental buildings

To encourage more residents to switch to electric vehicles (EVs), we’re supporting EV charging in existing multi-unit rental buildings.

How it works

Owners or building managers of existing rental buildings, who meet the eligibility requirements, can apply to have City-owned EV chargers installed in their buildings for use by their tenants.

Steps to applying for a charger for your building

Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Support our climate emergency goals

This action is part of Big Move 3, identified in the Climate Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) with the goal: By 2030, 50% of the kilometres driven on Vancouver’s roads will be by zero emissions vehicles. 

To achieve this target, almost all new vehicles purchased in 2030 and beyond will need to be zero emissions. Convenient access to home charging can encourage more people to choose EVs; many existing residential buildings were constructed before the introduction of our EV requirements and don’t have EV charging. This program is designed to support rental buildings, which have not been well matched to incentive programs for home charging.

The Federal government has announced that they will require 100% of new passenger cars and light duty trucks to be zero emission by 2035. This infrastructure is needed because 10% of current sales in BC are already EVs, and the rate of uptake is expected to increase with the federal announcement.