Electric Vehicles

The City of Port Coquitlam is considering changes to bylaws and policies 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, and in other buildings under certain circumstances.

Thank you for providing your feedback. It will be considered by the Smart Growth Committee before any decisions are made.

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 a future outlet.
  • New apartment buildings: Require rough-ins of Level 2 EV charging infrastructure in the parking area, with outlets accessible to each resident parking spot (not required for visitor spots). Outlets may be shared between spaces.
  • Existing multi-unit residential buildings: When the building’s electrical supply is changed, require the new power supply to be able to support potential EV charging demands.
  • Commercial, industrial and institutional buildings: During rezonings, promote pre-wiring or rough-ins for Level 2 EV charging for a share of parking spaces, as appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

The proposed changes are intended to:

  • Address the growing demand for and use of electric vehicles.
  • 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 sales are projected to represent 20-50% of vehicles by 2030.
  • One-third of Canadians surveyed in 2015 expressed an interest in buying an EV, but uptake is limited by the lack of charging infrastructure.
  • Port Coquitlam has eight Level 2 public EV chargers (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.
  • Roughing in EV charging infrastructure during construction is significantly less costly than retrofitting an existing building.
  • The City has identified climate change as a threat to future prosperity and stability. Its strategies to reduce emissions include the promotion of EVs, which cause 80% less life-cycle greenhouse gases than comparable gasoline or diesel vehicles.
  • An estimated 40% of vehicles in Canada will need to be electric by 2040 to meet provincial and national greenhouse gas targets.
  • 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.

What’s happening elsewhere:

Vancouver, City of North Vancovuer and Richmond have already adopted EV regulations, and several other cities are exploring options.


Neil MacEachern
Environmental Coordinator
Tel 604.927.5267
Email maceachernn@portcoquitlam.ca