Toronto, ON – June 4, 2019 – Pollution Probe is pleased to announce the release of a new report, Zero Emission Vehicle Charging in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings and for Garage Orphans, produced in partnership with the Delphi Group, and with contributions from Travis Allan, VP of Public Affairs and General Counsel of AddÉnergie Technologies Inc. Made possible through support from Natural Resources Canada, the report outlines key barriers to electric vehicle (EV) charging faced by the growing proportion of the population residing in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) or homes without access to a driveway or garage (garage orphans). It also identifies best practices and potential solutions for addressing these barriers, and presents a comprehensive framework for future action.
“Canada is expanding our network of zero-emission vehicle charging stations along our highways and across our communities,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “This report provides important information that will help Canadians choose zero-emission vehicles, with the confidence that the infrastructure will be in place to charge at home regardless of where they live.”
“All Canadians should have access to the savings and environmental benefits of convenient, reliable EV charging infrastructure where they live, work and play,” says Travis Allan of AddÉnergie.
“As more Canadians choose to live in condominiums, stratas and apartments, there is a compelling need for clear and efficient regulatory tools and amendments to allow for the cost-effective and predictable installation of EV charging infrastructure in both new and existing multi-unit residential buildings.”
Following extensive consultation with stakeholders across Canada, this report sets out a variety of important options targeted at new and existing buildings, including the use of building codes and zoning by-laws. The ideas set out in this report represent an important starting point for any jurisdiction with multi-unit residential buildings looking to provide equitable access to EV charging infrastructure.
“The market for ZEVs continues to expand rapidly, contributing to improved air quality and supporting Canada’s clean growth and climate strategies,” says Steve McCauley, Senior Director at Pollution Probe.
“Ensuring that Canadians have access to charging where they live will be key to facilitating widespread ZEV adoption. This report contains the information necessary to determine appropriate strategies for addressing some of the most critical outstanding barriers to charging at home: those specific to multi-unit residential buildings.”
An executive summary and the full Zero Emission Vehicle Charging in Multi-Unit Residential Buildings and for Garage Orphans report can be accessed from Pollution Probe’s website here.
About Pollution Probe
Pollution Probe is a national, not-for-profit, charitable organization which is improving the health and well-being of Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive, tangible environmental change. It is a leader in building successful partnerships with industry and government to develop practical solutions for shared environmental challenges.
About The Delphi Group
The Delphi Group is a Canadian strategic consultancy providing innovative solutions in the areas of climate change and corporate sustainability. As a pioneer in sustainability and environmental risk management, The Delphi Group has more than 30 years of experience in helping some of Canada’s best-known companies improve the sustainability of their organizations – as well as the local and global communities in which they operate.
AddEnergie is a North American leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions whose mission is to facilitate electric vehicle adoption and integration with smart charging solutions. Founded in 2009, the company manufactures charging stations and develops network management software for all markets (residential, commercial, public). It also owns and operates FLO, its subsidiary company and Canada’s largest EV charging network (more than 15,000 stations across North America), and also supplies charging infrastructure and network operation services to third party networks such as the Electric Circuit (Quebec) and eCharge Network (New Brunswick). AddEnergie’s headquarters and network operations centre are based in Quebec City, and all products are assembled at its factory in Shawinigan (Quebec). Today, the organization employs more than 160 people in 7 business places; it has regional offices in Montreal (Quebec), Mississauga (Ontario), Vancouver (British Columbia) and San Francisco (California).
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