Region drives to reduce barriers to EV ownershipRegion drives to reduce barriers to EV ownership<div class="ExternalClass07FAAD462D674C75A4601484696D215B"><p>Metro Vancouver hopes the B.C. government will support a bid to make it easier for people to own electric vehicles.</p><p>Delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention last month endorsed two resolutions – initiated by Metro Vancouver – aimed at addressing the challenges faced by electric vehicles (EV) owners, particularly in multi-family buildings where there’s often a lack of access to home charging. </p><p>With almost half of the region’s households living in strata buildings, this poses a significant barrier.</p><p>The first resolution focuses on the resale of electricity for electric vehicle charging and requests amendments to the <em>BC Utilities Commission Act</em>, which currently makes it burdensome for businesses to resell electricity for EV charging. The proposed changes would facilitate private sector investment in EV charging, and allow strata corporations to resell electricity to residents for the purposes of EV charging.</p><p>The second resolution aims to address issues around electric vehicle charging in strata buildings. At the moment, strata corporations are not obliged to allow access to EV charging infrastructure at the request of an owner. The proposed amendment would ensure strata councils treat requests for EV charging with fair consideration, and that residents are not unreasonably denied access to charging.</p><p>Last quarter, four percent of new vehicle sales in BC were electric or plug-in hybrid. The numbers are growing quickly and with these changes, our region will be better prepared for this transition.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue36-ev.jpg2017-10-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#86cebc24-450e-46cf-b0a6-2d37736f0596;L0|#086cebc24-450e-46cf-b0a6-2d37736f0596|Issue 36;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass73D278943EC048AF9C0FDF65198E4646"><p>Metro Vancouver hopes the B.C. government will support a bid to make it easier for people to own electric vehicles. Delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities last month endorsed two resolutions to address challenges faced by electric vehicle (EV) owners, particularly in multi-family buildings. </p></div>0Sukhdeep Gill volunteers with the Emotive electric vehicle campaign