The City of Richmond was recognized for its unique electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure requirements and was awarded the Climate and Energy Action award.
The award – from the Community Energy Association – recognizes climate leadership of BC local governments and was presented by the provincial Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference on Sept. 25.
“To the best of our knowledge, the City of Richmond was the first city in North America to implement this type of policy,” said Richmond mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.
“In the past 18 months, Richmond’s leadership has influenced many of the region’s large municipalities to also adopt similar EV charging infrastructure requirements for 100 per cent of new residential parking spaces.”
Richmond was the first city to pass a policy that required 100 per cent of new residential parking spaces supplied with Level two EV charging capacity (208-240 volt outlets) at each parking stall in December 2017.
This set-up is to help the city “achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging more sustainable transportation options” according to the media statement.