Electric Vehicles

The City has long been a leader in advancing sustainable transportation initiatives and is committed to encouraging the use of electric vehicles. Shifting from fossil fuel-powered private vehicles to low or zero emission vehicles is a key strategy in advancing sustainable transportation in the City. See Electric Vehicle Strategy.

Electric vehicles (EVs) use an electric motor instead of a gas-powered internal combustion engine.

Benefits include: 

  • EVs have significantly lower fuel and maintenance costs ($$).
  • EVs are five times more energy efficient than vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.
  • EVs produce 80% less greenhouse gas emissions than an average gasoline vehicle over a vehicle's lifetime.
  • EVs produce less local air pollution and reduce the emissions of harmful chemicals in the atmosphere.
  • EVs have access through the EV decal program to travel in designated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes across BC.
  • EVs are quieter and reduce traffic noise.

Electric Vehicle Charging Fees

On April 2, 2019, the City introduced user fees for all city-owned and operated electric vehicle charging stations.  Fees vary depending on the time of day and the type of charging station used. Revenue from the charging stations will cover operating costs for the stations and fund expansion of the network. See Fees & Where to Charge.
Part of the expansion includes a new Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Station located at City Hall off W 14th St on Civic Place Mews (located next to the existing level 2 charging stations).

Find out about fees and 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?

There are two types of electric vehicles:

  1. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) run solely on electricity, require zero gasoline and emit zero emissions.  BEVs are an excellent fit for trips around the city as they have a travel range of anywhere from 100 to 500 km depending on make and model. Advancements in EV battery technology and the increasing availability of charging stations around the province are making BEVs more popular for everyday use.

  2. Plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) are a combination of a gasoline and a battery electric vehicle. PHEVs can run on electricity only, gasoline only or a combination of both. PHEVs can drive 20 to 60 km on their battery charge alone before switching to their internal combustion engine, which can extend the travel range by another 500 - 900 KM on a full tank of gas. This design allows PHEVs to be a great fit for both short and longer journeys outside the city.

Have a look at the complete list of EVs available in British Columbia.

What is an Electric Vehicle?

What is an electric vehicle?

There are two types of electric vehicles:

  1. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) run solely on electricity, require zero gasoline and emit zero emissions.  BEVs are an excellent fit for trips around the city as they have a travel range of anywhere from 100 to 500 km depending on make and model. Advancements in EV battery technology and the increasing availability of charging stations around the province are making BEVs more popular for everyday use.

  2. Plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) are a combination of a gasoline and a battery electric vehicle. PHEVs can run on electricity only, gasoline only or a combination of both. PHEVs can drive 20 to 60 km on their battery charge alone before switching to their internal combustion engine, which can extend the travel range by another 500 - 900 KM on a full tank of gas. This design allows PHEVs to be a great fit for both short and longer journeys outside the city.

Have a look at the complete list of EVs available in British Columbia.




Contact Info

Larisa Lensink
Environmental Sustainability Specialist
Tel: 604-990-4240
Email: evcharging@cnv.org

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