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Electric vehicle strategy

The City of Calgary is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy as part of our Climate Program, and to meet the needs of this emerging technology. Electric vehicles can be important action towards meeting Calgary’s target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

The objectives of the EV Strategy are to:

  • respond to the growing demand for electric vehicle infrastructure and services,
  • encourage/support faster adoption of electric vehicles to aid in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,
  • build partnerships across Alberta to provide an electric vehicle charging network within the province that connects to other provinces or states,
  • establish what role The City, partner organizations and the private sector should play in providing electric vehicle infrastructure and services, and
  • increase awareness and create enthusiasm amongst the public and industry about electric vehicles.

What are electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles are cars that run off of electricity, instead of gasoline. They are powered by rechargeable batteries, which are charged by everyday electricity. Some types of electric vehicles also include a gasoline engine to extend the car’s maximum driving range. Charging stations are used to supply electricity to the car and can be built into someone’s home and can be found in public spaces.

Why electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles emit only two-thirds of emissions of the average gasoline-powered car in Alberta today, which will further improve as coal is removed from the provincial electricity system. As EVs become more affordable to the general public and more are purchased, we could see a 10-40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2040. When combined with The City’s other strategies, EVs create the potential to reduce Calgary’s GHG emissions from transportation.

Stakeholder input

Building on previous consultant research, The City hosted a workshop on 6 December 2016 to discuss public charging infrastructure in Calgary. Stakeholders provided input on a variety of questions, including what role(s) The City and other organizations should play in providing public charging stations in Calgary. A summary of the workshop results can be found in the What We Heard Report.

A follow-up workshop to review The City’s preliminary approach to the EV Strategy will be held in June 2017. Until then, one-on-one discussions with selected stakeholders are underway to refine the recommendations, and to explore ways to facilitate private charging in homes, condos and workplaces.

Regional initiatives

The City is working with the Calgary Regional Partnership, Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliance and SouthGrow Regional Initiative to setup a network of 15 to 20 DC Fast Charging Stations across southern Alberta. Pending approval of a grant application, these stations will make it possible for EVs to travel across southern Alberta, and into British Columbia and the United States, for business or tourism. The network will be accessible by any type of electric vehicle, and will complement Tesla Supercharger stations being installed in Alberta for Tesla vehicles.

The City, on behalf of the regional partners, issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) in March, 2017, asking for submissions from firms that are interested in installing, owning, operating and maintaining the proposed network of charging stations across southern Alberta. Exact locations for the proposed charging stations have not been finalized yet, but an example distribution of preliminary sites for the charging stations in southern Alberta is available here. To facilitate opportunities for additional team formation, if desired, profiles of each of the EOI respondents can be found here. The City and regional partners are in the process of applying for grant funding to cover a portion of the cost of the network, which is needed prior to issuing an official Request for Proposals (RFP).


Targeted one-on-one stakeholder discussions on public charging stations and home / workplace charging January – May 2017
​Expression of Interest for Southern Alberta EV Charging Network March 2017
Second Stakeholder Workshop on Draft Recommendations ​June 2017