Electric vehicles (EVs) provide a more sustainable alternative to vehicles powered by fossil fuel. To promote the use of electric vehicles, we're committed to installing public electric vehicle charging stations in key locations throughout the city. We've also put in place charging infrastructure requirements for new residential and commercial developments.

EV charging requirements

The City of Port Moody's Zoning Bylaw includes requirements for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the city. For new residential units, all parking spaces must include an energized outlet capable of providing Level 2 charging for an electric vehicle, excluding:

  • visitor parking spaces
  • secondary suite parking spaces
  • new parking spaces for existing units

For all commercial parking, 20% of the parking spaces must include an energized outlet capable of providing Level 2 charging for an electric vehicle, excluding:

  • visitor parking spaces
  • new parking spaces for existing units

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure must also meet the following requirements:

  • each energized outlet must be labelled for its intended use
  • plans submitted for development permit applications and building permit applications must indicate an energized outlet at all applicable spaces
  • the City requires a Level 2 energized outlet of 208-240V AC and minimum 32A (40A branch breaker)

For more information, you can view the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Requirements fact sheet.

How to provide EV charging stations

There are two ways you can meet the electric vehicle charging requirements:

  1. provide a dedicated circuit and energized outlet to each required EV space
  2. utilize an EV Energy Management System (EVEMS)

EVEMS minimum standard

In an EVEMS, the electrical supply is shared. This means it can take longer to charge vehicles when compared to a dedicated circuit. Our minimum standard ensures that there is enough electricity to charge your vehicle relatively fast. An EVEMS system must be capable of supplying a minimum performance level of 12kWh average, over an 8-hour period. This number is based on all parking spaces in use by a charging electric vehicle.