BC Election 2020 – EV Policy Recommendations

BC Election 2020: Electric Vehicle Policy Recommendations for a New Government

Vancouver, BC October 6, 2020 – for immediate release

Electric vehicle associations representing 42,000 EV owners across the province have submitted a list of ten recommended policies for parties to include in their platforms. These measures will ensure that electric vehicle adoption remains a priority for the new government to enable British Columbian residents and businesses to share in the economic and environmental benefits of electric vehicles, more generally classified as Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV).

Recommended Policy Initiatives

  1. Support current Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Legislation and ZEV Incentives regarding Light Duty Vehicles (LDV) going forward to help BC meet our Climate Change commitment.
  2. Enhance current ZEV Legislation to include medium and heavy-duty vehicles (MDV/HDV) at the same 10% sales in 2025, 30% in 2030 and 100% by 2040 going forward to help BC meet our Climate Change commitment.
  3. Encourage and aid BC municipalities and BC crown corporations to achieve 25% ZEV fleets by 2024 and 100% by 2030.
  4. Amend the programs of Clean Energy Vehicles (CEV) and Scrap-It to be accessible to all BC registered dealerships ensuring greater citizen access to both new and used ZEV sales.
  5. Direct BC Hydro and encourage other BC utilities to provide a rate tariff with a flat per kWh rate, without demand charges, for providers of Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC) so that known energy costs can be used to appropriately price and encourage commercial build out of the DCFC network within the province.
  6. Support the implementation of BC Hydro’s DCFC Accessibility Guidelines as a matter of compliance with the accessibility rights protected by the BC Human Rights Code, to enable everyone, including persons with disabilities, to access and operate EVs.
  7. Continue to support a comprehensive build out of public DCFC EV charging infrastructure on all primary and secondary highways in the province, particularly in remote and rural areas, including all end-point destinations to ensure equal availability for province-wide EV travel, EV tourism, and EV adoption.
  8. Direct ICBC to include on every new and renewed policy a statement indicating the average annual GHGs emitted by the vehicle being insured – this will raise awareness of individual citizens’ impact in their vehicle choices.
  9. Support and Enact the Recommendation of the Union of BC Municipalities Resolution B144 on “Right to Charge” for all multi-unit residential buildings, whether strata owned condos or rental apartments.
  10. Support Low Income Residents access to ZEVs by increasing incentives and removing Provincial Sales Tax on used ZEVs.

According to Vancouver EV Association President John Stonier, who co-sponsored the letter, the recommended policy measures will not require the new government to spend taxpayer money yet will make a real difference in light of the significant increase in EVs across the province.

Stonier noted, “EV ownership in the province has nearly doubled each year over the past five years.  These increases underscore the need for sensible government policies to ensure that more British Columbians can switch to zero emissions driving with appropriate EV charging access and infrastructure.”

The policy measures were submitted to the BC NDP, Liberal, Conservative, and Green parties by the following electric vehicle associations:

    • Vancouver EV Association
    • Victoria EV Association
    • Comox Valley EV Association
    • Sunshine Coast EV Association
    • Transition Saltspring Island EV Group
    • Prince George EV Association
    • Mid-Vancouver Island EV Association
    • Kamloops EV Owners
    • Tesla Owners of British Columbia

The letter sent to the parties can be downloaded here.

Trans-Canada Supercharger Route Now Open

Since 2012, we’ve installed more than 18,000 Superchargers globally. With the Trans-Canada Supercharging route now open, every owner has the freedom to charge from Vancouver to Halifax—including more than 50 new charging options at Parks Canada locations.

The epic coast-to-coast route includes mostly V3 Supercharger Stations, which can add up to 290 km of range in 15 minutes of charging. Simply add a destination with Trip Planner and your car will automatically suggest Supercharger stops and estimated arrival times, with popular destinations and amenities along the way.

Click Map Below to Enlarge (Van Isld to Nelson, BC)

Tesla leads in test driving

Tesla delivers on its promise of a safe, touchless test driving experience.

BY GUY HALL, ELECTRIC AUTO ASSOCIATION SECRETARY

Now that Tesla is delivering the Model Y, I thought I would check into a test drive. But given the global pandemic, and the inability to go to a dealer, what are the options for a prospective customer? 

I visited Tesla’s website, specifically set up to reserve test drives, and  a couple of clicks later, I was scheduled for 4 PM that afternoon. As my wife and I drove to the Tesla store, I was eager to see how Tesla technology is used to support their “Touchless” test drive. I expected a low touch experience, and it was, aside from exchanging my driver’s license with the advisor and using one finger to sign an insurance agreement. We were told that the Model Y interior surfaces had been wiped down, and that it was ready for my wife and I to take for a spin. So far, pretty standard treatment, not unlike any other dealership.  

Touchless also meant no key to hand to me.  The sales rep had not only started the car with his phone, he had programmed the route into the navigation. There was a caveat; because the Tesla is keyless, it was important to leave the car running, even when switching drivers. Of course,  the sales rep was able to monitor our test drive on his phone (including our speed), so it is likely he would have noticed our mistake and remotely started it up again.

It is interesting to note, that with their dynamic “over the air” updates, Tesla can add special capabilities, if necessary, to deal with touchless test drives and deliveries. With other electric vehicle brands, each dealership must invent its own process, and it would not include the tightly-coupled level of support from the Tesla engineering team. The results are pretty clear given the most recent overall sales statistics.

So off we went. We were driving the car while ‘under surveillance’ from afar.  As most readers know by now, Tesla has really cool technology.  Because they are the only auto manufacturer that owns the entire delivery chain, from engineering to manufacturing to showroom to final delivery, they can tweak any part of the car or process with helpful improvements. 

 Need room for the kids?

Considering a Model Y for the family? EV Vlogger Ben Sullins who has spoken at some of our Electric Auto Association events shared this video of his family’s entertaining experience test driving the Model Y.