After a brief chat and emailing back and forth with Amanda McCuaig, Communications Coordinator for the City of Vancouver, we were able to learn more about how Vancouver is becoming more green. This initiative is not designed to have us all wearing “Green Men” unitards to carry on their legacy, no no. Vancouver is aiming to become one of the most Green city in the world by 2020.
With the addition of the ChargePoint Network throughout Vancouver, Gregor Robertson is much closer to achieving his goal for 2020.
Here is how Amanda McCuaig describes the ChargePoint network.
As part of the City’s Charge and Go Vancouver EV Infrastructure Field Trial, which was funded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Province of BC, BC Hydro, and the City. The trial began in May 2011, and has helped the City learn about what people need from EV infrastructure in broad range of settings – at home, work, and on the go.
The City encourages walking, cycling, and the use of transit to reduce the number of vehicles on the road, resulting in lower vehicle emissions and cleaner air. However, cars and trucks will still be on our roads for many years to come. It is in all of our best interests to support the adoption of lower carbon vehicles solutions (like EVs) for the remaining commercial and personal use vehicles.
B.C. is expected to have one of the highest EV adoption rates in North America based on our early hybrid vehicle uptake, which was double the national average. The City’s EV planning supports three of the City’s 2020 Greenest City Goals: Climate Leadership, Green Transportation and Clean Air.
Yes, there’s an app for that. ChargePoint allows all members to find any one of their 33,000 locations via the android or iOS devices. If you’re looking for a spot to recharge in Vancouver, you can visit Plugshare.com. This website will show you the variety of stations (residential, public or high power) and whether or not they’re in use.