Share this page Print

Electric vehicle strategy


The City of Calgary is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy to meet the needs of this emerging technology. The EV Strategy is being developed as part of our Climate Program, since it represents one of the greatest opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

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.

Interested in updates?

For updates subscribe to our Electric Vehicle Strategy email list.

Sign up here

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 are projected to cost the same or less than the equivalent gasoline powered vehicle by the early 2020s, and already cost less to operate and maintain. The variety of EVs for sale will also increase dramatically over the next five years, including cars, pick-up trucks and SUVs. Combined, this will result in many more EVs on Calgary streets in the coming years.

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 achieve our long-term emission reduction goals.

Stakeholder input

A workshop for all participants from previous workshops was held in late June 2017 to review The City's preliminary approach to the EV Strategy. See the display boards.

  • Building on previous consultant research, The City hosted a workshop on 6 December 2016 to discuss public charging infrastructure in Calgary. A summary of the workshop results can be found in the What We Heard Report.
  • From May through August, The City has engaged a number of stakeholders on home and workplace charging for EVs.
  • In April, 2018, an information session outlining the proposed actions was held for stakeholders that had provided previous input to the EV Strategy.

Climate Resilience Strategy

The actions of the Electric Vehicle Strategy were incorporated in to the Climate Resilience Strategy. This document highlighted The City's strategies and actions to improve energy management and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) as well as implement risk management measures in preparation for current and future climate impacts (adaptation).

Within the Mitigation Plan, the electric and low-emissions vehicles section highlights The City's actions will undertake to support and enable the uptake of electric vehicles. These actions will be undertaken between 2019 and 2026.

Southern Alberta EV Charging Network

The City is working with the Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliance, SouthGrow Regional Initiative, City of Lethbridge and City of Medicine Hat to setup a network of 20 DC Fast Charging Stations across southern Alberta. These stations will make it possible for EVs to travel across southern Alberta, up to Edmonton, 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 for Tesla vehicles.

The City and regional partners have obtained partial funding for the network, including municipal seed funding and a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. This is expected to cover the construction costs for the first phase of the network, shown here​. A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued in July, 2018, seeking a private sector partner to own and operate the network on behalf of The City and regional partners. The RFP closes on August 24, 2018, and selection of the top-ranked company is anticipated to occur in September, 2018. Construction of the first phase of the network will occur between late 2018 and late 2019. The City and partners are currently seeking additional funding to construct the rest of the network.

A previous Expression of Interest (EOI) was issued in 2017, asking for submissions from firms that are interested in installing, owning, operating and maintaining the proposed network. To facilitate opportunities for additional team formation, if desired, profiles of each of the EOI respondents are available. A follow-up meeting to ask and answer questions of clarification with EOI respondents was held in early July, 2017, and see a summary of the discussion (RFP).