Vancouver, the 3rd most livable city in the world according to the 2017 Economist Magazine Intelligence Unit’s The Global Liveability Report 2017, has just passed a by-law that all parking stalls in new condominium buildings must have an EV unit.
This is no small news, as almost 11,000 condo units were pre-sold in 2017 in the Greater Vancouver area.
Previously chargers were required for only 20% of stalls. The new law will take effect in January of 2019. This is additional to an earlier law requiring all new attached or detached single family homes in the city to have chargers installed
Mayor Gregor Robertson told the CBC that he’d like council to focus on getting more chargers into older buildings now that the new rules are in place.
He says he currently lives in a building where the strata council is struggling with getting retrofits into his parkade. “I think as a city we’re going to have to figure out — working with the province and strata councils in the city — a way that the retrofitting can advance,” he said.
Vancouver also looking at Zero Emission standards
Ian Neville, Climate Policy Analyst for the city said while it may not be needed now, it will be in the future. In a statement to Vancouver radio station News 1130 prior to the Council meeting he said
“Recognizing that buildings are going to be around for several decades, we expect that most of the cars on the road are will have a plug on them by 2050. So we are making sure that those buildings are ready to take people who want to charge their car at home.”
In addition, the City Staff reports that they
“continue to work with the provincial and federal governments, and BC Hydro to help advance a broader set of supportive policies and programs. Of particular importance would be a provincial or national policy referred to as a Zero Emission Vehicle mandate.
This policy would set a minimum percentage of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) that vehicle manufacturers must sell in the province or country, as applicable, with that percentage increasing over time. “
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