The RMOW is pleased to announce the development of 14 new Level-2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Day Lots 1,2 and 4 and the Conference Centre surface parking lot. This represents a six-fold increase in charging capacity at Whistler’s primary parking lots.
The tender period for the Day Lot Upgrade Project closed on April 8, 2020. The project has been awarded to Whistler Excavations Ltd and Foreseeson EV Chargers. The project includes upgrades of civil and electrical infrastructure for Day Lots 1, 2, and 4 as well as the Conference Centre surface parking lot to accommodate additional parking, electrical vehicle charging equipment, and lighting where applicable.
Personal vehicle transport is Whistler’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accounting for just over 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) which represents 56 per cent of Whistler’s total. Personal vehicle transport is the main reason the community is off-track to its climate targets. Electric vehicles (EVs) present an important opportunity to reduce these emissions.
Increasing the share of EVs on Whistler roads is aligned with meeting the RMOW’s official climate targets set in the current Official Community Plan (OCP), with numerous Community Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) priorities, the priorities set out by the Transportation Advisory Group (TAG), and transportation and energy and climate goals set out in the new draft OCP.
The project will deploy recent dual-port Level 2 charging stations, with load sharing ability and network functionality to provide effective and cost efficient EV charging coverage. The chargers will have the widely used SAE J1772 connector to enable the broadest possible access. Current signage placed throughout the Village to help locate parking lots with EV chargers will be further expanded to help identify and locate new infrastructure from the project.
Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2020 with completion expected by fall 2020.
Widely accessible electric vehicle infrastructure is imperative in ensuring that Whistler’s largest GHG emitting sector can transition to the clean energy future. Expanding Whistler's EV charging network in Whistler will serve two distinct populations: it will help our local citizens choose EVs, while also enabling visitors to choose electric mobility to travel to and from Whistler. Enabling and encouraging visitors to choose EVs is one of the few actions Whistler can take to reduce emissions associated with travel to and from Whistler, which are estimated at 18 times total community emissions.
The key funding source identified for the RMOW’s share of the project is the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) fund. The CARIP is a program between the BC Government and BC municipalities that signed on to the Climate Action Charter, which rebates municipal corporate carbon tax payments, to be used for GHG emissions reduction initiatives within that community. Additional funding will come from the Day Lot capital improvement fund. The Day Lot Committee will cover the annual electricity provision to the chargers from its revenue.
A contribution agreement was also established to cover a portion of the EV chargers and installation cost. Details of this funding will be made available later this summer.