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Electric Vehicle Strategy

Our City is becoming more sustainable and resilient. We are developing an Electric Vehicle Strategy that will identify how we can make it easier for people to own an electric vehicle and will ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

About the Project

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the City’s top priorities.  Our transportation choices play a critical  role in helping us achieve our goals. Walking, biking and taking transit are all ways to reduce our environmental impact.  We know that cars will continue to be a part of Edmonton’s transportation system but we need to think about how we can shift away from fossil fuels and towards electrification. Electric vehicles are one way to limit our environmental impact from personal vehicles. 

We are developing a forward thinking strategy to identify ways to get more people to own and drive electric vehicles. Our goal is to create an environment where electric vehicles thrive.  
 
Edmonton’s electric vehicle strategy is an important element of Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy and the City’s strategic objective to mitigate energy use in transportation. 

As part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Federal Government will be working with other levels of government to develop a Canada-wide strategy for zero-emission vehicles by 2018.

Stakeholder Engagement and Research

The engagement approach at the City involves equal respect between Council’s long term strategic direction, the technical expertise of City administration and the knowledge of stakeholder groups.

In order to develop the strategy, it will be important to develop an understanding about the barriers and opportunities to owning and driving electric vehicles. We will be inviting interested stakeholders from industry, utility companies, government, advocacy groups, and businesses to participate in workshops that will help shape the integration of electric vehicles in Edmonton and how to create an environment where electric vehicles can thrive.

The City will also be conducting a survey with Edmonton Insight Community members and a phone survey with Edmontonians to understand barriers and opportunities to electric vehicles. As well, research will be done on what other cities and regions are doing to support electric vehicles.

Charging Station Pilot Project

In September 2016, Administration presented a report to Urban Planning Committee describing what leading Canadian jurisdictions are doing to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. At the same time, Administration reported on the opportunity to expand Edmonton’s electric vehicle charging station network. 

In November 2016, Administration presented a report to Executive Committee on a possible electric vehicle charging station pilot called Plug ‘n Go Edmonton. Executive Committee recommended to City Council the approval of funding for 30 electric vehicle charging stations to be installed on City-owned buildings.  City Council directed Administration to develop an electric vehicle strategy and report back prior to a decision on pilot project funding.

Administration is scheduled to return to Urban Planning Committee in early 2018 with a report on the electric vehicle strategy.

About Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are a relatively new idea for Edmontonians and understandably there are a lot of questions. Natural Resources Canada has recently developed a number of videos and fact sheets about fuel efficient vehicles including electric vehicles. Learn more by visiting the Natural Resources Canada links to get an introduction.

Battery Electric Vehicles

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Infographic: Choosing a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle

 

Charging Stations in the City

Currently the City of Edmonton offers four free public charging stations located at Mill Woods Library and Jasper Place Library. More electric vehicle charging stations in Edmonton can be located at PlugShare.com.

For More Information

Title Energy Transition Project Manager
Telephone

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Email thewaywegreen@edmonton.ca

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