In 2009, the City of Vancouver was one of the first to pilot the Mitsubishi i-MiEV as part of their fleet. By 2012, the number of EVs in the city’s fleet grew from 1 to 17, not including the electric bikes and scooters used by staff to get to and from meetings. The city currently has 31 EVs in the fleet with plans to have at least 115 by 2020.
In 2013, the Fraser Valley Regional District planned for the future by installing a dual-port charging station at their Chilliwack, B.C. office. Two years later, they put out a tender for their first electric vehicle in their fleet.
The City of Surrey knows EVs are the future of transportation. This commitment was addressed through their 2008 Sustainability Charter and 2010 Corporate Emissions Action Plan. In 2011, Surrey became the first major city in Canada to host a publicly accessible EVSE. They also began piloting a Nissan Leaf that same year.
In 2012, Andrew Mitchell, an eco-preneur started GeaZone – an all-electric delivery service based in Victoria, B.C. Beginning with only an electric tricycle, Andrew quickly grew the business and expanded to what’s now 2 E-trikes, 3 Nissan Leafs, and 2 Smith Electric Trucks. They have continued to double their growth annually, and are the first delivery company to sign the West Coast Electric Fleets Pledge.