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Let’s Talk about electric vehicle charging in Richmond

16 May 2017

vehicle chargningThe City is planning for a growing number of electric vehicles in Richmond, and is hosting an open house to gather community input on how the City can support this emerging technology. Members of the public are invited share their thoughts on options to support EVs by attending the City’s event on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5-9 p.m. and by participating in an online survey by Sunday, June 25, 2017.

The City’s 2041 Official Community Plan targets reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 80 per cent by the year 2050. Modelling for Richmond’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan makes clear that this reduction can only be achieved with the widespread adoption of zero emission vehicles, as well as a shift from single-occupant vehicle trips to walking, biking, transit, ridesharing and carpooling.

Under Council’s direction, the City is reviewing options to support EV charging in new and existing developments, as well as expanding Richmond’s public charging network. These initiatives are intended to help Richmond EV drivers have access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure ‘at home’ and ‘on the go’.

The public is invited to drop by the City’s open house on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 5-9 p.m. at Richmond City Hall (6911 No 3 Road) and to visit by Sunday, June 25 to join the conversation and share feedback on electric vehicle charging needs in Richmond. The open house will have staff on hand to speak to, a short presentation, display boards to view, and interactive opportunities to provide feedback. The deadline to complete the City’s online survey is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday June 25, 2017.

Community members that complete the survey or participate in the Open House can enter to win a free day’s rental of an electric vehicle (Tesla Model S P85+, Porsche Panamera Electric Hybrid, or BMW I8 Electric Hybrid), generously donated by Richmond-based business EV Rentals, the first EV-only car rental business in Western Canada.