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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 (EVs) use an electric motor instead of a traditional gas-powered internal combustion engine. EVs can be either fully or partially powered using just electricity. Benefits include: 

  • EVs have significantly lower fuel and maintenance costs ($$).
  • EVs produce 80% less greenhouse gas emissions than an average gasoline vehicle over a vehicles lifetime.
  • EVs produce less local air pollution and reduce the emissions of harmful chemicals in the atmosphere.
  • EVs have access to travel in designated high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes across BC.
  • EVs are quieter and reduce traffic noise.


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 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.

For a complete list of EVs available in British Columbia, click here.

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.


New! Electric Vehicle Incentives (up to $11,000)

Currently, combined incentives of up to $11,000 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 $6,000 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 Clean Energy Vehicles for BC.
  • Visit the Scrap-It website for more information on how you can apply.

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

  • The incentive is $5,000 for new battery electric vehicles, $2,500 for new plug in hybrids and $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
  • The program is available to B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government organizations who purchase or lease qualifying vehicles.
  • Visit Clean Energy Vehicles for BC website for more information on how you can apply.


New! Charging Solutions & Incentive Program

The Province of BC is providing rebates for the purchase and installation of charging stations as well as support for planning.

The following incentives and support options are now available:

  1. Single Family Homes & Duplexes
    • 75% up to $750 rebate for a Level 2 charging station.
  2. Multi-Unit Residential Buildings with 3+ Units
    • 75% up to $4,000 incentive for a Level 2 charging station.
  3. Businesses & Workplaces
    • 50% up to $4,000 incentive for a Level 2, and up to $2,000 for a Level 1 charging station.
  4. Guidance on planning for charging stations in multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces.

The program is offered on a first come first served basis with consideration for the geographic distribution of incentives. For more information and to apply to the program visit the Plug In BC website.


Contact Info

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

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