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Electric Vehicles (EVs)

By 2040, all new cars and trucks will be zero emissions in BC.

To support the shift to renewably powered transportation, we're improving and expanding our public charging network, implementing policy to support home charging, increasing the number of EVs in our fleet, and working with business and other levels of government to make switching to an EV as easy as possible.

Electric vehicle sales have grown
year-over-year since 2011

Supporting our goals

How we get around the city will play an important role in how we fight climate change and reduce carbon pollution, we know that we need active transportation, improved transit, and zero emissions vehicles to achieve this.

This aligns with one of our Climate Emergency goals: By 2030, 50% of the kilometers driven on Vancouver's roads will be by zero emissions vehicles.

Tackling emissions related to transportation, which make up 40% of the city's total carbon pollution, is also part of our commitment to derive 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050.

More electric vehicles

EV sales in Vancouver are growing steadily, with about 70% growth year-over-year since 2011. There are currently over 12,000 EVs registered in BC. By 2050, we expect about 300,000 EVs to be registered in the city.

charging stations in Vancouver

Where to charge electric vehicles

We currently manage 75 “Level 2” public charging points, 34 of which are on City properties, and two DC Fast Chargers, located next to Highway 1 at Empire Fields and at Fraser St and 44th Ave.

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.

By 2021, a DC Fast Charging hub will be located within a 10-minute drive of anywhere in Vancouver.

Find an EV charging station near you or your destination with online maps and mobile apps such as Plugshare  or Chargehub .

Map legend

  • Level 2 Charging Stations (7kW): Blue
  • DC Fast Charging Stations: Pink
  • Dedicated parking for zero emissions vehicles: Orange

ZEV decal benefits

Since 2014, more than 25,000 home charging circuits have been installed across Vancouver.

Increasing home charging

As of January 1, 2019, all new development permit applications for multi-family buildings must include EV charging infrastructure in 100% of parking stalls, with the exception of visitor stalls.

In order to minimize the impact on builders and the utility grid, our requirements allow the use of EV Energy Management Systems (EV EMS). Because most personal vehicles are parked for 8 to 10 hours per day at home, an EV EMS allows multiple vehicles to share a circuit. This reduces construction costs and utility costs.

An EV EMS must ensure that every EV charging outlet receive at least 12kWh over an 8 hour period. This means that, even if a vehicle is plugged into every single outlet at once, all EVs will receive enough energy for the next day.

Vancouver is one of several BC municipalities that now have a “100% rule” for new multi-family buildings.

Why electric vehicles?

The Climate Emergency: Big move 3 and accelerated actions

Earlier in 2019, Vancouver declared a Climate Emergency. Accelerated actions to support this goal will focus on:

  • Accelerating the expansion of the public EV charging network
  • Adding incentives to accelerate the transition to EVs

Related initiatives

Curbside Electric Vehicle Pilot Program

The Curbside Electric Vehicle Pilot program supports the growth of EVs by increasing access to your home and public charging.

Climate Emergency Response

On April 29, Council approved the Climate Emergency report to increase our efforts to tackle climate change.

Renewable City Action Plan

We have committed to becoming a renewable city with 100% of our energy coming from renewable resources by 2050.

Condos, townhomes, and apartments

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.