Vancouver to charge for electric vehicle charging

Published: June 30, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



Electric cars are for many the answer to fulfilling our vehicular needs and protecting the environment. In many instances, we have seen several ways how government has rewarded people for using electric cars. However, the monetizing is now coming. In Vancouver, drivers of electric vehicles will have to pay more to charge their cars in the city.

The city council is evaluating two separate programs, one which will increase the number of curb side charging points for customers and enterprise, and another that will set fees for 16 charging stations owned by the city.

At the moment, Vancouver operates some free-to-charge public stations and premium paid fast-charging stations.

Despite proposed charges, the costs will still be less than refuelling a vehicle the good old-fashioned way. The council says fees will start at $2 per hour plus a normal parking rate, and $16 per hour for the fast charging docks.

City staff hope they will be able to open up the stations as currently drivers leave their vehicles there too long. If they will be charged, it is more likely they will get the electricity they need and then move one. Creating faster turnover could encourage more drivers to adopt electric vehicles.

The 16 stations where the fees will be introduced are the most popular in the city. Vancouver says more than 17,000 charging sessions were held at these stations in 2016. By 2030, BC Hydro believes the city will have 30,000 electric vehicles.