Coquitlam is building on its 2025 plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%.
This week, the city expanded its electric vehicle charging pilot project by installing six new stations free for the public to use, while also using them to determine their popularity for potential future user fees.
The latest Level 1 EV units are meant for long-duration charging, which includes four hours or more, or for overnight.
You can find the six stations in the following locations:
Three at city hall visitor parkade (3000 Guildford Way)
- Next to existing Level 2 chargers
- Open 24 hours for overnight charging
- Standard two-hour parking restrictions apply
- Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday to Friday
Three at Coquitlam Public Library city centre branch (1169 Pinetree Way)
- Off initial driving aisle
- Visitors permitted to charge their vehicle up to four hours
- Current parking restrictions apply
- No overnight parking
In a release, the city of Coquitlam explains these options are set to help residents in neighbouring apartment buildings where stratas don't allow EV charging.
The units are also aimed to focus on underserved and high-traffic areas.
"It will also support those who own – or wish to own – EVs but live in multi-family buildings that don’t accommodate EV charging," says Dragana Mitic, city manager of transportation, engineering and public works.
"EV charging infrastructure has been required for all new multi-family developments in Coquitlam since 2018."
In the spring, Coquitlam saw four Level 2 user-pay ports installed in certain locations, adding to six existing stations