Most parking spaces in new multi-family residential developments will be required to come equipped with outlets for charging electric vehicles, if Langford passes a new bylaw.
One hundred per cent of parking spaces would be required to have an outlet capable of providing Level 2 charging or higher, excluding visitor parking spaces. Electric vehicle owners would still need to purchase a charging station.
The bylaw also includes a requirement that developers enter into a covenant under the Land Title Act, which means strata corporations would have to keep the EV outlets operational and couldn’t prevent a resident from installing a charging station.
City staff said requiring all developments to install EV-capable outlets would make it far cheaper than if a resident was to install an outlet after the building’s been constructed.
Staff pointed to the province’s recently adopted Bill 28 – 2019: Zero-Emission Vehicles Act as part of the impetus for the change, which imposes requirements on automakers and suppliers to make an increasing proportion of their sales and leases electric vehicles: 10 per cent by 2025, 30 per cent by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2040.
City council passed second and third readings after holding a public hearing during Monday’s meeting.