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Electric vehicles (EVs) have an important role to play in supporting the City of Edmonton's environmental strategy, The Way We Green, and Edmonton's Community Energy Transition Strategy. EVs can help reduce the environmental impacts from personal transportation, impacts such as climate change, energy use and air quality.

As part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Federal Government will be working with other levels of government to develop a Canada-wide strategy for zero-emission vehicles.

An Electric Vehicle Strategy is currently being drafted and will go to Council later this year. Focusing on plug-in light duty EVs (both hybrid electric and battery electric), the strategy will identify how we can make it easier for people to own an electric vehicle and will ultimately help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out more about electric vehicles in Edmonton.

Stakeholder Engagement and Research

The engagement approach at the City involves equal respect between Council’s long term strategic direction, the technical expertise of City administration and the knowledge of stakeholder groups.

In order to develop the strategy, it will be important to develop an understanding about the barriers and opportunities to owning and driving electric vehicles. We will be inviting interested stakeholders from industry, utility companies, government, advocacy groups, and businesses to participate in workshops that will help shape the integration of electric vehicles in Edmonton and how to create an environment where electric vehicles can thrive.

The City will also be conducting a survey with Edmonton Insight Community members and a phone survey with Edmontonians to understand barriers and opportunities to electric vehicles. As well, research will be done on what other cities and regions are doing to support electric vehicles.

Charging Station Pilot Project

In September 2016, Administration presented a report to Urban Planning Committee describing what leading Canadian jurisdictions are doing to encourage the installation of electric vehicle charging stations. At the same time, Administration reported on the opportunity to expand Edmonton’s electric vehicle charging station network. 

In November 2016, Administration presented a report to Executive Committee on a possible electric vehicle charging station pilot called Plug ‘n Go Edmonton. Executive Committee recommended to City Council the approval of funding for 30 electric vehicle charging stations to be installed on City-owned buildings.  City Council directed Administration to develop an electric vehicle strategy and report back prior to a decision on pilot project funding.

Administration is scheduled to return to Urban Planning Committee later this year with a report on the electric vehicle strategy.

For More Information

City Environmental Strategies

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10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB
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Telephone

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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

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