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Electric Vehicle Strategy

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How we power the way Surrey residents get around the City impacts the health of our environment, economy and personal well-being. As part of Surrey's goal for becoming a greener and more sustainable city, the City is developing an Electric Vehicle Strategy. The strategy will identify actions over the next five years, with a long-term vision that all vehicles in Surrey are zero-emissions.

The City sees zero-emission electric vehicles as an important key to reducing our city's carbon footprint, improving local air quality and reducing energy use.

Phase 1 Public and Stakeholder Engagement Results

The City conducted a public survey from November 2019 to January 2020 to help understand barriers to EV adoption and opportunities for action.

View summary of the EV Strategy: Barriers & Opportunities Survey Results.

In November 2019 the City hosted a series of 4 stakeholder workshops focused on determining the best approaches to public and private charging infrastructure, accelerating individual EV adoption, and accelerating fleet adoption.

Learn about what we heard from the focus group in the EV Strategy: Focus Group Summary Report.

Electric Vehicle Strategy Objectives

  • Understand the barriers for EV adoption, including accessibility and equity issues
  • Speed up EV adoption for Surrey residents, businesses and fleets
  • Make home and workplace charging more accessible
  • Focus on strategic investments in public charging infrastructure
  • Recommend policy and process improvements
  • Show how the City will lead by example

Greenhouse gas emissions related to transportation make up 55% of our city’s total carbon footprint. Of this 55%, personal vehicles contribute the majority.

Planning Process

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  • Phase 1: Discovery expand
  • April to January 2020

    During this phase we will focus on identifying emerging trends across the EV landscape. Our findings will help inform the City’s action plan. This phase includes a comprehensive best practice, academic and policy review. We will also engage stakeholders to understand the attitudes, barriers and opportunities for EV adoption in Surrey.

    Engagement will include a public survey and a series of stakeholder focus groups.

  • Phase 2: Developing Draft Options expand
  • February 2020 to June 2020

    During this phase, staff will develop a preliminary action plan and strategy framework using the results of:

    • research and content development;
    • technical analysis; and
    • stakeholder engagement from the discovery stage.

    We will also establish frameworks to track progress towards targets and sustainable funding mechanisms.

  • Phase 3: Presenting and Refining Options expand
  • July 2020 to August 2020

    We will re-engage stakeholders to review, refine and help rank proposed City actions. We will:

    • present what we heard through a second stakeholder survey;
    • present how feedback has influenced the draft strategy;
    • confirm support for our direction and action plan priorities; and
    • identify any missing components.
  • Phase 4: Strategy Approval expand
  • Fall 2020

    The Surrey Electric Vehicle Strategy and Action Plan will be presented to Council for approval.