Gas station and parking lot owners in the City of Vancouver could soon be paying a $10,000 annual fee if they don’t install electric vehicle (EV) chargers on their properties by 2025.
The fee would be part of the company’s annual business license, which is currently set at $163 or $263 for parking lots and gas stations respectively.
For gas stations to avoid the new fee, property owners would have to install at least one DC fast charger with a minimum charging speed of 50kW by 2025.
Parking lots and parkades would only need to install four Level 2 chargers.
According to a report by city staff, there are currently 66 gas stations and 366 commercial parking lots across Vancouver, but only two gas stations and about 60 parking lots offer charging.
For those owners who haven’t yet installed EV charging, it is not going to be cheap to comply with the new requirements.
The report estimates it will cost about $135,000 to install a DC fast charger, and about $100,000 for the Level 2 installation.
The proposal will go before council on April 12 and is being considered as a way to help the city reach its climate emergency action plan to cut emissions to 50% of 2007 levels and have zero-emission vehicles make up 50% of all kilometers driven on Vancouver streets by 2030.
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