Vancouver approves lower license fee for gas stations with EV chargers

The Vancouver city council reviewed and approved a report Thursday night that would make gas stations and commercial parking lots pay a lower business license fee if they agree to install electric vehicle chargers on-site.

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The City of Vancouver will reward gas stations and commercial parking lots that install electric chargers with a lower business license fee.

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The Vancouver city council reviewed and approved a report Thursday night that would make gas stations and commercial parking lots pay a lower business license fee if they agree to install electric vehicle chargers on-site.

Stations and lots have until January 2025 to install electric vehicle infrastructure to take advantage of the new policy.

The move supports the city’s climate goal of cutting carbon pollution in half by 2030, and hopes to convert 50 percent of the miles traveled on Vancouver’s highways to zero-emission vehicles by that year.

By targeting charger installations in places where vehicles already frequent, the city aims to ensure electric charging stations are more evenly distributed throughout the community, and perhaps allow drivers, particularly those who live in rentals and cannot install a charger of their own. , to consider switching to an electric vehicle.

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Currently, almost 40 percent of Vancouver’s carbon emissions are produced by vehicles that use gasoline and diesel.

In 2021, 13 percent of vehicle sales in BC were zero emission vehicles. However, the province’s goal under its Clean BC policy is to reach 26 percent by 2026 and 90 percent by 2030.

The move to electricity could also accelerate with gasoline prices hitting record highs in recent weeks, a recent survey found. In a KPMG survey, more than 60 percent of Canadians say it’s time to buy an EV and 51 percent say they will never buy another gas-powered vehicle. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said they would “definitely buy an electric vehicle” because of gasoline prices.

Currently, the federal government offers a $5,000 rebate for eligible electric vehicles, in addition to BC’s offer of a $3,000 rebate for new or leased electric vehicles. The rebate only applies to vehicles priced under $55,000.

— With files from Postmedia News

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