The City of Port Coquitlam is considering changes to the Zoning Bylaw in order to promote and accommodate the increased use of electric vehicles (EVs).
The changes would include requiring basic EV charging infrastructure in new residential buildings.
What’s being proposed
- New ground-oriented residential buildings: Require rough-ins of Level 2 EV charging infrastructure in the parking area to ensure one space per unit has access to an outlet.
- New apartment buildings: Require rough-ins of Level 2 EV charging infrastructure in the parking area to ensure one space per unit has access to an outlet. Up to 8 parking spaces may share an outlet.
The proposed changes are intended to:
- Address the growing demand for and use of electric vehicles.
- Reduce costs for residents to install EV charging at home
- Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting EV use.
- Align with the City’s Environmental Strategic Plan, Corporate & Community Climate Action Plan, and Official Community Plan.
EVs: Why take action now?
- Since 2011, annual sales of EVs in B.C. have increased an average of 92% year-over-year, and lower mainland sales are projected to represent 24 to 27% of vehicles by 2030.
- One-third of Canadians surveyed in 2015 expressed an interest in buying an EV, but uptake is limited by a lack of charging infrastructure.
- Port Coquitlam has nine Level 2 public EV charging locations (see www.plugshare.com). Approximately 80-90% of electric vehicle charging is expected to be done at home – a potential challenge for residents in condominiums and rental units.
- Long-range and mass-market EVs are now available, and pricing is expected to be on par with combustion engine vehicles by 2022-2024.
- Costs vary by building, but roughing in EV charging infrastructure during construction can be 5 times less than retrofitting an existing building.
- The City has identified climate change as a threat to future prosperity and stability. Promoting EV charging is a strategic direction in the City’s Environmental Strategic Plan, a recommendation of the Corporate & Community Climate Action Plan, and a guideline in the Official Community Plan’s Environmental Conservation designation.
- Switching to EVs, which emit 80% less over their life cycle, is one of the most effective ways to reduce emissions and improve air quality in our community.
- The installation of EV charging infrastructure is a strategic direction in the City’s Environmental Strategic Plan, a recommendation of the Corporate & Community Climate Action Plan, and a guideline in the Official Community Plan’s Environmental Conservation designation.
- An estimated 40% of vehicles in Canada will need to be electric by 2040 to meet provincial and national greenhouse gas targets.
What’s happening elsewhere:
The cities of Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond and the districts of North and West Vancouver have already adopted EV charging requirements in new construction, and other Lower Mainland cities are currently exploring similar regulations.