As part of its climate action commitments, Coquitlam supports electrical vehicle (EV) use with a growing network of public EV charging stations.
The City installed its first dual-port user-pay public station in the parking lot at City Hall in 2015, followed by another public station at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex in 2019.
With the support of funding through the federal Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, this spring the City will be installing EV charging stations at four new locations serving an additional 10 parking stalls, bringing the total number of City-owned, user-pay, Level 2, electric vehicle locations to 10 and serving a total of 25 parking stalls. In spring 2020, the City installed the first set of ports through the federal government program (six charging stations, at four locations, serving 11 parking stalls).
EV charging infrastructure has been required for new multi-family developments in Coquitlam since 2018. The City also has a growing “Ecofleet” of electric, hybrid and compact fuel-efficient vehicles.
The public stations are intended for active charging, not long-term parking. To cover costs and promote turnover to serve more EV drivers, the City stations charge $1 an hour for the first two hours and increases to $5 hour after that (motorists parking for more than 2 hours may receive a parking ticket). The cost for the EV Charging is in addition to any pay parking fees associated with the parking facility.
New EV Charging Stations - Spring 2021
The City will install new stations at the following locations:
Mackin Park (1046 Brunette Ave.): one dual station located in south parking lot (off Nelson Street) – end of March
Emerson Street: one dual station located on street just south of Como Lake Avenue – end of April
Innovation/Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way): two dual stations located within the adjacent pay parking lot – end of April
Burke Mountain Discovery Centre (3537 Princeton Ave.): one dual station located within the associated parking lot – end of May
One at Coquitlam City Hall, visitor parking, covered lot off Burlington Avenue: two stalls
One at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex parking lot: two stalls
Two at King Albert Avenue beside Blue Mountain Park: four stalls
The Tennis Centre off Foster Avenue near Poirier Street: two stalls
Two at Coquitlam Public Library (Poirier): three stalls