The chicken-and-egg electric vehicle dilemma of British Columbia: EV policy recommendations for the modernization of the Cowichan Valley Regional District official community plan and zoning bylaws
Brietzke, Jordan Michael
Electric vehicle (EV) ownership has risen exponentially over the last couple of years in Canada. British Columbia has seen nearly the same amount of EV sales in the last 15 months as the last 4 years combined! Despite the tremendous improvements in charging station accessibility in urban areas, rural and sub-urban areas have been mostly overlooked thus far. A lack of charging stations has created range anxiety for potential buyers who are not within the city core or wish to take regular trips for recreation and travel. How can we help alleviate this range anxiety and improve the viability of the electric car for all geographic locations? It starts with well-written policy that is supplemented with extensive community consultation and collaboration.