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Electric Vehicles

The City supports all modes of transportation - walking, cycling, transit, and vehicles. With passenger vehicles accounting for over one third of the City's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollutants, the City is committed to encouraging the use of electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles use an electric motor instead of a traditional gas-powered internal combustion engine, and can save a great deal of money on fuel, particularly in urban driving. Although some GHG emissions are produced during the operation of an electric vehicle, total lifecycle GHG emissions are up to 80% less than an average gasoline vehicle.

Electric vehicles help improve our local air quality and our health through the reduction of harmful nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. Electric vehicles are also quieter and reduce traffic noise.

Find out where you can charge your electric vehicle in the City.

Learn how to use the charging stations step by step.

Visit our Electric Vehicle Video Gallery for helpful videos.

What is an electric vehicle?

An electric vehicle is designed to be powered, either entirely or partially, using electricity. There are two types of electric vehicles:

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are wholly powered by electricity. Some examples of BEVs are the Ford Focus, the Mitsubishi iMiEV, the BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. A BEV has a typical range of 125km, making it a great choice for shorter journeys within the City.

Plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) run on electricity along with a backup internal combustion engine. Some examples of PHEVs are the Ford C-Max Energi, the Ford Fusion Energi, the Chevrolet Volt, the Cadillac ELR and the Toyota Plug-in Hybrid Electric Prius. PHEVs are a great match for both shorter trips as well as longer journeys. A typical PHEV can drive for 65 km on a battery charge before switching to an internal combustion engine, which will extend the range for a further 500 km.


Electric Vehicle Incentives (up to $11,250)

NEW! Currently, combined incentives of up to $11,250 are available to offset the purchase cost of electric vehicles.

Scrap-it BC offers an electric vehicle incentive if you retire any vehicle, and purchase an electric vehicle.  The incentive is $6,250 for a new vehicle and $3,000 for a used vehicle. This offer may be combined with any other electric vehicle incentive including those offered by the CEV for BC program.  Visit the Scrap-it website for more information

Clean Energy Vehicles for British Columbia (CEV for BC) is also offering incentives for the purchase of electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

The program offers B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government organizations who purchase or lease qualifying new vehicles, to be eligible for up to $5,000 off the pre-tax sticker price for qualifying new battery electric, fuel-cell electric, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. 

CEV for BC also offers incentives for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, hydrogen fuelling stations, and fleet vehicles. Visit their website for more information.

Multi Unit Building Charging Station Rebates

Do you live in a multi unit building and want to install home charging?

A second round to support the purchase and installation of Level 2 charging stations for multi unit residences starts March 27, 2017. This program is funded by the Province of British Columbia's Clean Energy Vehicle Program

The Multi Unit Residential Building Charging Program re-opens starting March 27, 2017, on a first-come first-serve basis, until August 15, 2017. Rebates of up to $4,500 per station are available. This program is for residents and property owners of existing stratas, apartments, condos, townhomes, and housing co-ops in B.C.

Contact Info

Caroline Jackson
Section Manager, Environmental Sustainability
Tel: 604-990-4224

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