One Canadian town has put an alt-fuel mandate into effect that may have any self-respecting American electric-vehicle advocate be willing to convert to the metric system. The city of Surrey, British Columbia, about 20 miles southeast of Vancouver, is going to require that any gas station built or substantially renovated within its borders deploy some sort of alternative-fueling supply in addition to the gas pumps. Specifically, these stations must have either a quick-charging electric vehicle station (it doesn't necessarily have to be on site, but at least nearby) or a natural-gas (in either the compressed or liquefied variety) pump on the premises. Most quick-charge stations can recharge an EV's battery to 80 percent capacity in about a half hour

Granted, that's not to say there will be a massive EV-charging network coming to town sometime soon. In fact, Green Car Reports says Surrey, which has about 75 stations, is the site of at most two station rebuilds a year, so it will be a very gradual plug-in revolution. More interesting, though, is that the nearby city of Richmond, British Columbia is considering a similar measure. Surrey's city fathers (and mothers) will review the law in three years. For more details, check out the official 11-page document here.


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      Allch Chcar
      • 1 Year Ago
      "(a) Level-3 electric vehicle (EV) charging station (also known as a DC fast charger), or its equivalent; (b) Fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle refuelling station; (c) Hydrogen vehicle refuelling station; and/or (d) Liquefied petroleum gas (propane) vehicle refuelling station;" I'm a bit disappointed that they only chose three viable options instead of being more inclusive, Electric is still not as popular as CNG or Propane. Hydrogen being the pointless option at this point in time. They might consider allowing a higher % Biodiesel pump such as B20 or possibly E85. Listing E10 as an alternative is a bit hokey. Blender pumps are really the only future for this but they are expensive. Partially due to ridiculous regulation requirements.
      DarylMc
      • 1 Year Ago
      I should have read the full report before commenting. They are asking for one of either natural gas, hydrogen, propane or level 3 charger. The level 3 charger being possibly situated off site. It's probably a reasonable request. Somehow I read it as they wanted a level 3 charger at every new gas station.
        DarylMc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DarylMc
        I think an appropriately situated level 3 charger could even be a cheaper option if they did not have a demand for the other 3 gas fuels.
      DarylMc
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first question that needs to be asked is if a gas station is a good place to situate a charger. If the gas station sells food and also has the space then I'm sure it is a good business idea to at least plan for a fast charger. I'm sure the cost to implement and maintain a fast charger compared to a gas pump would be reasonable. But making it compulsory for new gas stations is an unnecessary burden.
        Vlad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DarylMc
        It is maintaining status quo that is an unnecessary burden.
        Marco Polo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DarylMc
        @ DarylMc Well said !
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Marco Polo
          I imagine we will not see a story three years from now regarding that city's citizens complaints about old tatty gas stations in need of repair. It will happen, but most blogs and newspapers don't think articles that show how shortsighted ( though well intentioned) laws cause a great deal more problems than they solve. A better law would have looked for a private/public team to get contributions to fund one fast charger at any gas station that opted to join a competition to get free installation of a fast charger. Then let competition fuel the addition of more fast chargers.
          Marco Polo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Marco Polo
          @ Ziv, Also, well said !
      Smoking_dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      In Sweden a similar law rules, that ever new or renovated gas station has to sell E85. In contrary to the US E85 is in Sweden produced out of woodchips, sawdust ans wood waste. They have together with Dutch companies developed special yeast strains that devour the wood pulp directly and produce very high % of alcohol before dying. Most cars (exactly the same only with different ECUs) sold in sweden are FFVs. The same VW cars that are sold in Germany are non FF capable of course (not to piss of the quatar stakeholder) In Germany CEOs, Politicians say it cannot be done. Now Sweden is one of the leaders regarding this technology.
        Allch Chcar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Smoking_dude
        Initially Sweden was dependent on Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol. Am I right? I'm not saying that's a bad thing but they had to start somewhere. Most anti-Ethanol people in the US tend to be specifically against Corn base Ethanol or it's usage in non-FFVs. Which is incredibly short sighted, IMHO.