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New Residential Developments in Kamloops to be EV-Ready Starting 2023

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City Council has authorized staff to bring forward zoning bylaw changes for the implementation of EV-ready parking requirements for all new residential developments starting next year.

Beginning January 1, 2023, one parking stall per dwelling unit must be EV-ready at time of construction for all new single-family, single-family with a secondary suite, two-family, and multi-family residential developments.  

“To be considered EV-ready, a parking space must be constructed in proximity to a pre-wired electrical circuit that is capable of supplying power to a Level 2 EV charger,” said Glen Cheetham, the City’s Sustainability Supervisor. 

“By being EV-ready, a homeowner or property manager can install a Level 2 EV charger of their choice in the future without having to retrofit or upgrade the electrical service, which can be a barrier due to its cost and complexity.

A Level 2 EV charger is powered by a 208/240-volt circuit typically used in households to supply electricity to a clothes dryer or hot tub. With its increased volt and amperage, a Level 2 charger is considered an ideal level of charging for at home as it supports a greater driving range-per-hour of charge time relative to Level 1 charging.

The decision follows comprehensive research and community engagement efforts over the past two years. In August 2020, City Council adopted the EV and E-Bike Strategy, which establishes a roadmap for the community’s transition to electric-powered transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

In 2021, an analysis was conducted to examine the costs of different types of EV-ready charging infrastructure configurations for multi-unit residential developments, both at time of construction and future retrofit. 

In a fall 2021 public survey, 82% of respondents supported requiring new residential developments to include some level of EV-readiness at the time of construction. Meanwhile, industry stakeholder feedback has helped to further guide the development of the EV-ready parking requirements authorized by Council today.  

Supporting access to home EV charging is a priority action in the City's Community Climate Action Plan, which was adopted by Council in June 2021. This initiative also supports City Council’s strategic priorities under the pillar of Environmental Leadership. 

For further information, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/GoElectric.