Let’s talk cars: survey launched to guide Whistler’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

Publication Date: December 15, 2021


Take the survey before Monday, January 10 to help accelerate electric vehicle adoption 

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy to accelerate EV adoption in Whistler and has launched a survey to hear from everyone, including residents, commuters, businesses and visitors. 

The survey tackles topics such as the average distance you drive a day, your current options to charge an EV, and for vehicle owners, when you plan to replace your current vehicle. Survey results will be used to determine actions the RMOW needs to take over the next eight years to make it easier for people to use EVs to get around Whistler.

Take the survey now.  

“Everyone in Whistler – just like everyone in the rest of the world – urgently needs to take action to decarbonize our lifestyles. Getting people out of their cars is our first priority. Another significant action we can all take is to reduce the use of gas-powered cars,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “The more people who take this survey, the more information we will have to informed policies and decisions. I encourage everyone in Whistler to take this survey and help us work together to reduce our impact on the climate.”

Cars one of Whistler’s biggest sources of GHGs

Whistler’s Climate Action Big Moves Strategy sets an ambitious target of reducing GHG emissions by 50 per cent below 2007 levels.

Personal vehicle transport is Whistler’s largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cars accounted for 54 per cent of Whistler’s community-wide emissions in 2019 and 40 per cent in 2020. Reducing these emissions is one of the main challenges to achieving Whistler’s climate targets.

The Big Moves Strategy includes the goals of having half of all trips done by active transport or public transit by 2030, as well as half of all vehicle kilometres driven by zero emission vehicles by 2030.

The EV Strategy will be based on best practice research, internal and external stakeholder engagement, as well as public and focus group consultation. It will be presented to Council in 2022.

Developing the strategy is made possible through a grant from the Emotive Clean Transportation Targets and Planning Pilot Program, which is funded by the Province of BC and administered by PlugIn BC. The RMOW is carrying out the work in partnership with the Community Energy Association (CEA).

Take the survey now

Take the survey on EV use in Whistler now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EVStrategySurvey.

The survey is open until Monday, January 10 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

For more information, visit whistler.ca/bigmoves or contact climatechange@whistler.ca.

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