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Electric vehicle charging station

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

During the COVID-19 pandemic, electric vehicle (EV) charging is considered an essential service in BC. We will continue to offer Level 2 and DC Fast Charging options where possible. Some facilities are closed to maintain physical distancing.

Be safe when using charging stations

Be aware that EV charging stations - especially connectors and touch screens - are high-touch surfaces. When using an EV station, remember to:

  • Wash your hands or use an alcohol-based before and after touching connectors, touch screens, and other surfaces
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm, facing away from the station and cables
  • Keep 2 meters away from other people around the station

Open charging stations

Site Network provider Station type and power output
Britannia Community Centre
1661 Napier Ave
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
City Hall upper lot
453 W 12th Ave
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
City Hall upper lot (enter from Yukon)
453 W 12th Ave
Chargepoint DCFC (50kW)
2 ports
City Hall W 10th Ave surface lot
455 W 10th Ave
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
5 ports
Coal Harbour Community Centre
480 Broughton St
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Empire Field
3200 E Hastings St
Chargepoint DCFC (50kW)
1 ports
George Wainborn Park
451 Beach Cres
Chargepoint DCFC (50kW)
2 ports
Hastings Park
188 N Renfrew St
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Keefer St Easypark
180 Keefer St
SemaConnect Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Kits Beach
1499 Arbutus St (curbside)
Flo (Addenergie) Level 2 (~7kW)
4 ports
Mainland
902 Mainland St
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Oak and W 49th Ave
Northwest corner
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Trillium Park
600 National Ave
Chargepoint DCFC (50kW)
2 ports
Vancouver Public Library, Central Library
350 W Georgia St
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
3 ports
VanDusen Garden
5251 Oak St
(gates close overnight from 7pm to 8am)
Chargepoint

Level 2 (~7km)
1 port

Closed charging stations

Site Network provider Station type and power output
Beach and Broughton SemaConnect Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Beach and Bute SemaConnect Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Beach and Cardero SemaConnect Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports
Hillcrest Centre
4575 Clancy Loranger Way
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
3 ports
Mt Pleasant Community Centre
1 Kingsway
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
3 ports
Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
Chargepoint Level 2 (~7kW)
2 ports

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.

charging stations in Vancouver

Where to charge electric vehicles

We currently manage 79 'Level 2' public charging points, 38 of which are on City properties, and nine DC Fast Chargers at five different locations, each with two DC Fast Chargers.

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

The Province of BC administers a decal program for zero emission vehicles. Electric vehicles displaying an official decal are provided with benefits province-wide, with additional benefits offered in Vancouver.

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

More 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.

Read the bulletin on EV charging for buildings (797 KB)

Why electric vehicles?

More electric vehicles

EV sales in Vancouver are growing steadily, with about 70% growth year-over-year since 2011. There are currently over 30,000 EVs registered in BC. By 2050, we expect about 300,000 EVs to be registered in the city.

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

Vancouver is joining hundreds of cities around the world in declaring a climate emergency and committing to reduce emissions locally.

Renewable City Action Plan

The City of Vancouver has 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.