Vancouver approves lower license fee for gas stations with EV chargers

The Vancouver City Council reviewed and approved a report Thursday evening stating that gas stations and commercial parking lots will pay a reduced business license fee if they agree to install on-site chargers for electric vehicles.

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The City of Vancouver awards 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 evening stating that gas stations and commercial parking lots will pay a reduced business license fee if they agree to install on-site chargers for electric vehicles.

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 to halve carbon pollution by 2030, and hopes to convert 50 percent of the mileage on Vancouver’s roads to zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

By targeting charging stations in places where many vehicles are already on the road, the city wants to ensure that electric charging stations are more evenly distributed throughout the city, and perhaps drivers, especially those who live in rental properties and are unable to provide a charger themselves. install , consider switching to an electric vehicle.

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Currently, nearly 40 percent of Vancouver’s carbon pollution is caused by vehicles using gasoline and diesel.

In 2021, 13 percent of auto sales were in BC zero-emission vehicles. However, the province’s target with the Clean BC policy is 26 percent by 2026 and 90 percent by 2030.

The move to electric could also be accelerated as gas prices hit record highs in recent weeks, a recent poll showed.

In a KPMG poll, more than 60 percent of Canadians say it’s time to buy an electric car and 51 percent say they will never buy a gas-powered car again. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed said they “definitely bought an EV” because of the gas prices.

The federal government is currently offering a $5,000 discount for eligible electric vehicles, in addition to BC’s $3,000 offer for new or leased EVs. The discount only applies to vehicles priced under $55,000.

–with files from Postmedia

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