Vancouver City Council approves EV charging stall requirements in new construction

In support of the City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Goal, the city approved requirements to expand access to EV charging in non-residential buildings. These approved changes mean that most types of new non-residential buildings now require EV charging stations.

The new requirements will see 45% of parking stalls for most new non-residential buildings requiring EV charging. The change also ensures 100% of new car share stalls, and all stalls in new hotels have EV charging.

The current policy, passed in 2013 required just 10% of parking stalls in new commercial buildings needed level 2 charging infrastructure.

Vancouver is one of the leaders in EV and zero-emission vehicle adoption. At last count EVs account for between 12-17% of vehicles on the road.

However, the new regulation is not a shock for the region. In addition, it allows the City of Vancouver to align with new requirements from the City of North Vancouver.

The City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Goal is by 2030 to have 50% of all kilometres driven on Vancouver roads done by zero-emission vehicles.

The regulation outlined will take effect on June 1, 2022.

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