Municipalities support vehicle electrification and have an interest in directly or indirectly removing barriers to electric vehicle (EV) adoption. Access to charging is one of several key EV barriers faced by individuals and families.
The EV charging ecosystem includes public curbside and off-street charging, private residential off-street charging, and off-street charging along intercity highways and at destinations. Curbside charging is most needed in downtowns and commercial areas, near multi-family dwellings, and in neighbourhoods with few private driveways; its provision involves multiple stakeholders and the balancing of multiple objectives.
Municipalities are independently developing practices around the provision and management of curbside EV charging, which competes for on-road space with cycling facilities, bus lanes, loading zones, restaurant patios, long-term residential parking, and short-term destination parking. They would benefit from a comprehensive review of Canadian needs and Canadian/international experiences, and from the identification and explanation of effective curbside charging practices suited to different contexts.
The project would explore key issues and effective practices related to curbside EV charging in Canadian environments. Priority topics to be addressed would be selected by the project funders, but may include:
Project tasks would include a literature scan, a survey of Canadian municipalities, a survey of other stakeholders and technical associations, and an online workshop with key survey respondents.
The final deliverable would be a report that: