Kamloops, BC – The City wants citizens to weigh in on its electric-ready (EV-ready) parking proposal as it considers amending the Zoning Bylaw to require new residential developments to have EV-ready parking.
To be EV-ready, an energized 240-volt electrical outlet (like those used for an electric stove or dryer) would need to be installed near the parking stall at time of construction.
“Requiring parking to be EV-ready at time of construction will make it easier for occupants to install an EV charger of their choice in the future and avoid the cost and complexity of retrofitting an electrical service to the parking stall,” said Glen Cheetham, the City’s Sustainability Services Supervisor.
Requiring a 240-volt electrical outlet (rather than a standard household 120-volt outlet) is considered best practice as it can power a Level 2 EV charger, which provides a driving range of between 20 and 100 km for every hour the vehicle is charged, which means that most battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles would be fully charged within a few hours or overnight.
Supporting access to EV charging at home is a priority action in the City's Electric Vehicle and E-Bike Strategy and the Community Climate Action Plan, which were adopted in 2020 and 2021 respectively. It is also intended to future-proof new residential developments for the shift to electric transportation, which is being driven by provincial and federal sales target regulations that require all new passenger vehicles sold in BC to be zero emissions by 2035.
How to provide feedback:
The City is asking the public to take a short EV-readiness survey to help the City understand how residents are preparing to “go electric” in their transportation choices and to provide feedback on the proposed EV-ready parking requirements for new residential developments.
The survey is open until November 28, and respondents will have an opportunity at the end of the survey to enter a draw for a $100 Downtown Kamloops gift certificate.
Two virtual public information sessions have been scheduled for Wednesday, November 24, at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm. At these sessions, residents will learn what it means for a new home to be “EV-ready" and discuss the potential for the City to require new residential developments to have EV-ready parking.
The City is also planning some “pop-up” public engagement, where the Sustainability Services team will be promoting the survey and speaking with interested members of the public on the street, at bus exchanges, and at the November 19 Kamloops Blazers hockey game.
Engagement with other key stakeholders, such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, is also underway.
Learn more and take the survey at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/GoElectric.