The Resort Municipality of Whistler voted to adopt a new EV strategy for the village.
The new strategy sets a goal of 50 per cent of the vehicles registered in the community to be EVs by 2030.
The strategy will see short, medium and long-term measures. The short-term measures include:
- Developing a zero-emissions fleet strategy for the village
- Increase education in the community and industry
- Expanding the existing charging network in the community
This new EV strategy will assist Whistler in reaching its Climate Action Big Moves Strategy. This strategy was passed back in 2020 and aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2030.
Whistler’s Climate Action Coordinator, Luisa Burhenne, had this to say about the new strategy:
Our priority to lower these emissions is to get people out of the car. We want to prioritize preferred modes of transportation: walking, biking, transit, and so on. So that’s why our first Big Move is to get people out of the car with the goal that half of the trips are by active transportation or transit. We realize that there will still be people driving in cars, and we do need to tackle these emissions as well. That’s why our second Big Move goal is to have 50 per cent of all cars in Whistler [be] zero-emission vehicles by 2030.
The strategy is non-binding however, it does provide a good roadmap for Whistler to follow.