EV Readiness

The electric vehicle (EV) market is growing rapidly. One of the biggest factors in an individual’s decision to buy an EV is the availability of a charging station at home.

Residential and commercial developments in Victoria must have energized electrical outlets installed at the time of construction. These outlets must be capable of charging an electric vehicle (EV) when a charging station is installed in the future.

The use of EVs instead of internal combustion engine vehicles helps improve air quality, fight climate change, reduce noise and support green economic development. The City's Climate Leadership Plan, Official Community Plan and GoVictoria support policies that encourage the adoption of EVs as one strategy to reduce the 40 per cent of community emissions associated with on-road transportation.

In July 2020, the City of Victoria amended the Zoning Bylaw [PDF/3MB] and Zoning Regulation Bylaw [PDF/22.1MB] to require EV charging infrastructure in all new residential developments and some commercial developments, with changes that came into effect on October 1, 2020. See the Technical Bulletin [PDF/112KB], or read the following sections for more information.

More Information

For more information about EVs, including technology, vehicles and incentives, visit PlugIn BC.

The City of Richmond and BC Hydro commissioned a 66-page report that profiles a variety of EV energy management system configurations, including commentary on their benefits, limitations, application and other considerations.

For information about managing EV charging infrastructure in residential strata buildings, visit Metro Vancouver’s EV Strata Condo page.