Electric Mobility Strategy

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In 2020, Burlington Council approved the Climate Action Plan with a target to become a net carbon neutral community by 2050. The implementation of policies and actions to support electric mobility options in Burlington is one of the key areas to help reduce emissions from the transportation sector; the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

Supporting sustainable transportation solutions (ie. cycling, walking and transit) through the development and implementation of the Integrated Mobility Plan remains a priority for Burlington. However, with Burlington’s higher than average car ownership culture, a shift from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric

In 2020, Burlington Council approved the Climate Action Plan with a target to become a net carbon neutral community by 2050. The implementation of policies and actions to support electric mobility options in Burlington is one of the key areas to help reduce emissions from the transportation sector; the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

Supporting sustainable transportation solutions (ie. cycling, walking and transit) through the development and implementation of the Integrated Mobility Plan remains a priority for Burlington. However, with Burlington’s higher than average car ownership culture, a shift from internal combustion engine vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) is essential to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

Burlington’s Electric Mobility Strategy

The City of Burlington is partnering with BurlingtonGreen to develop a community based Electric Mobility Strategy, to be completed by the third quarter of 2022. The strategy will support the Climate Action Plan target of community carbon neutrality by 2050. The strategy will focus on light duty vehicles. Transit buses, other heavy duty vehicles, commercial vehicle fleets, and the City fleet are out of scope for this project. The process to develop the plan includes the following:

  • Review and assess available data related to electric vehicle purchases, market trends and EV charging stations
  • Review best practices, policies and strategies from other jurisdictions
  • Community surveys and engagement to assess opportunities and barriers to the adoption of EVs in Burlington
  • One on one interviews with community stakeholders, and EV advisory group consultation to support strategy development

The Strategy will also look at the emerging sector of micro electric mobility devices including e-bikes and e-scooters (stand up versions), how they fit as active transportation opportunities, consider public opinion and identify barriers. Although mobility scooters for accessibility are not specifically part of the scope, it is expected that lessons learned will be able to be applied for issues such as secure parking/storage and charging.


A document with draft recommended actions for the Electric Mobility Strategy is now available for public review and feedback. Please see the link below for more information.

  • Charge Your Ride!

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    The City is adding more EV (electric vehicle) charging stations to support electric mobility in our community. With funding support from TAF (The Atmospheric Fund), we are installing eight more charging stations each with two charging plugs at:

    • Appleby Ice Centre (2 stations)
    • Haber Community Centre/Norton Park
    • Mainway Ice Centre
    • Mountainside Community Centre
    • Nelson Recreation Centre
    • Tansley Woods Community Centre (2 stations)

    The TAF funding is helping us to expand our existing inventory of 22 publicly available charging stations that are primarily located in the downtown core, many of which were also supported through funding programs, to other areas of the city.

    So far in 2022, we have installed three stations located at:

    • Central Arena (two stations with one located by an accessible parking stall)
    • Elgin Street Promenade (parking lot 1)

    Stay tuned for more announcements as we pursue other funding sources.

    Connection to climate change and other plans and programs

    The transportation sector is the largest single source of emissions in our community.

    Electric mobility was identified in the community-based Climate Action Plan approved by City Council in 2020 as a key program area to help meet the target to become a net carbon neutral community by 2050. The City is partnering with BurlingtonGreen to develop an Electric Mobility Strategy as a community road map to support future investments in this area.

    The City is also working on an Integrated Mobility Plan with a focus on moving people via sustainable options such as active (walking, cycling, etc.) and public transit.

    Want more information?

    Check out the Electric Mobility Strategy and the Integrated Mobility Plan at getinvolvedburlington.ca and the City’s inventory of EV charging stations at burlington.ca/ev.

  • Electric Mobility Strategy – Draft Recommended Actions for Review

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    Informed by community and stakeholder insights, in addition to best practices from leading municipalities, the following proposed action areas have been identified to support higher EV (electric vehicle) and micro e-mobility (e-bikes and e-scooters) uptake in Burlington. There are 32 recommended actions which fall under the following four themes:

    1. Charging Infrastructure and Grid Capacity
    2. City Leadership
    3. Education and Awareness
    4. Equity and Accessibility

    Feedback can be provided through the four different surveys available under each theme. You can choose to respond to one or more survey, which are open until July 3rd at 11:59 pm.

    The final Electric Mobility Strategy is scheduled to be presented to the EICS Committee in September 2022.

  • Come MEET Plug’n Drive and Test Drive an EV

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    Are you interested in testing an Electric Vehicle (EV)? Plug’n Drive is coming to town with their MEET - Mobile Electric vehicle Education Trailer. They will have four different EV models available for test drives and EV specialists ready to answer all your questions in a sales-free, no pressure environment.

    Plug’n Drive MEET event details:

    • Central Recreation Centre (the Arena parking lot), 519 Drury Lane
    • April 23 to May 20
      • Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
      • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Registration is now open to book a date and time

    This is a great opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle in your community.

  • Electric Mobility Surveys Now Available

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    Surveys are available for residents to complete to identify opportunities and barriers for supporting and encouraging electric mobility in Burlington. Participants have the opportunity to complete one or more surveys on:

    • Plug-in electric vehicles (includes both full battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles)
    • Electric bikes
    • Electric scooters

    Surveys closed for submissions on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. Thank you to everyone that submitted their feedback.

Page last updated: 07 Jul 2022, 03:36 PM