Our Objectives

  • Make Richmond, BC, a city with a one of the highest proportions of plug-in electric vehicles in Canada.

  • Provide independent advice for prospective electric vehicle drivers.

  • Lobby governments to provide incentives for electric vehicle ownership, home charger installation, low electricity rates for home charging in off peak hours, preferential parking and use of HOV lanes.

  • Have fun driving electric vehicles!

Lobbying the BC Government

Together with other B.C. electric vehicle and environmental groups, we are lobbying the B.C. Government to continue providing incentives for electric vehicle ownership and to institute new measures to promote the use of electric vehicles.

On March 23, 2016, the BC Government announced a program to subsidize the cost of installing a charging station in multi-unit residential buildings like apartment blocks and strata complexes. The program has reached its funding limit and is no longer accepting applications. There was a rebate of up to 75% of the total before-tax cost of installing a Level 2 EV charging station to a maximum of $4,500. While we applaud the rebate, we believe that the Government should go further to require installation of charging stations in multi-unit residential buildings upon request by resident electric vehicle owners.

Plug-in Richmond is also pushing for the immediate implementation of two additional measures that we feel would provide maximum benefit with minimum effort and cost.

  • The government should reinstate the subsidy for home charger installation and implement lower electricity rates for home charging in off peak hours instead of the existing higher rates for exceeding the electrical consumption of a normal household.

  • The government should provide access for electric vehicles with the HOV sticker to the early boarding lanes at ferry terminals.

Lobbying Richmond City Council

A comprehensive staff report was issued in November 2017 on electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Two draft bylaws were introduced, Bylaw 9520 on a policy of support for EV charging infrastructure and Bylaw 9756 on requirements for EV charging infrastructure in new construction. The staff report includes a process to develop a policy on EV charging infrastructure in existing buildings. City staff consulted with Plug-in Richmond and other stakeholders in developing the bylaws and we look forward to working with the City on charging infrastructure in existing buildings and our other objectives.