Electric mobility is often considered a “big city” climate solution that is less relevant for rural and remote regions, yet the demand for e-mobility solutions is increasing in these regions just as it is in urban centres. Local governments and Indigenous communities also recognize that zero emission transportation is an opportunity to demonstrate their leadership and commitment to lowering emissions and building an attractive and vibrant community for residents.
To help rural and remote communities fast-track their work related to electric mobility, meet demand in this space, and act on their commitment to zero emission transportation, CEA launched the Electric Mobility Accelerator (EMA) initiative.
Participating in the EMA will allow staff representatives to be a part of a small community of practice where they can build relationships with peers, CEA staff, and industry experts while expediting progress on their e-mobility file. A supportive environment will enable participants to design, plan, and implement a community-specific approach with CEA providing project management services and capacity.
The project includes guidance and support on several key e-mobility solutions. All EMA participants will be supported to develop and implement an EV-Ready policy for new buildings. Participants will also be able to focus on at least three of the following implementation options:
- Installing charging stations for electric vehicles
- Creating a plan to change your fleet from gas vehicles to electric vehicles
- Offering education and awareness to residents and businesses on electric mobility
- Hosting electric mobility demonstrations
At the end of the project, communities will have demonstrated progress on their deliverables and will have built connections with peers to maintain momentum into the future.
Space is limited in this cohort; the EMA will work with staff from 3-5 communities who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Be a rural municipality, regional district, or an Indigenous community in the province of British Columbia
- Show proof of their commitment to climate action (e.g., submit a climate action plan, climate emergency declaration, Community Energy and Emissions Plan, or other resolution passed by Council).
- Provide a signed letter of support from senior administration (e.g., CAO, City Manager, or equivalent) recognizing the organizations commitment to the project
- Provide a minimum of $10,000.00 in cash, to be reinvested into any of the electric mobility solutions chosen by the organization.
- Provide a minimum of $2000.00 of in-kind support to the project in the form of staff time committed to project meetings and other activities.