As sales of electric vehicles continues to grow, so too does demand for home-based EV chargers. For those living in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), however, many buildings require electrical upgrades to meet these growing demands. Scroll down for information about making your building EV Ready, as well as for details about the EV Ready requirements for new residential and commercial properties.
Make Your Residential Building EV Ready
To help multi-unit residential buildings plan for widespread EV adoption, funding is being offered to equip them with an EV Ready Plan, at no cost to them. This program is sponsored by the City’s Energy & Environment department, and is supported by the Community Climate Action Plan. Plans will be funded on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limited number available.
EV Ready Requirements for New Residential and Commercial Properties
To prepare infrastructure for the accelerated adoption of electric vehicles, a growing number of B.C. municipalities are adopting EV Ready Bylaws for residential and commercial buildings. The City of Penticton incorporated EV Ready requirements as part of a larger Zoning Bylaw update in April 2023. The purpose of the requirement is to ensure that all new buildings in Penticton are future-proofed to ensure residents can easily add an EV charging station without undergoing costly retrofits.
A Development Services Bulletin has been prepared which provides information on the parking requirements for new residential and commercial properties, technical requirements to achieve EV Ready, example diagrams, and links to additional resources. For additional information on EV Ready requirements, please contact the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Blue Skies Transportation Fund
Funding for the EV Ready program is coming in part from the City’s new Blue Skies Transportation Fund (BSTF), which aims to address rising emissions from passenger vehicles in our community. Transportation accounts for 55 per cent of Penticton’s community greenhouse gas emissions, and 50 per cent of energy expenditures. The BSTF includes funding from the Province’s Local Government Climate Action Program (LGCAP).
Workshop: Information about getting Your Building EV Ready
Installing an EV Charger at Home