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Resolution to Create Charging Locations for Personal Vehicles

This resolution is one of the easiest for BCEHS to implement. We're basically asking the employer to put up signs designating locations where it is okay for paramedics to charge their personal vehicles. The best example is adding a sign to a parking stall that is currently equipped with a 120volt outlet, such as this….

It reads as follows.

Employee Electric Vehicle Charging


  • The vast majority of paramedics drive personal vehicles to work.

And whereas

  • The cost to power a vehicle with electricity is 25% of the cost to power a vehicle with gas, and that the cost of maintaining an electric vehicle is 70% of maintaining a gas-powered vehicle.

And whereas

  • The adoption of electric vehicles is an effective way to reduce the collective carbon footprint of British Columbians, and climate change is a global crisis requiring action from all levels of government, business, and society.

And whereas

  • People who have access to workplace charging are six times more likely to drive an electric vehicle.

And whereas

  • At many ambulance stations the infrastructure for 120-volt electric vehicle charging already exists, and the employer could implement official employee EV charging spaces at minimal cost, by creating the necessary policy, procedure, and signage.

And whereas

  • The cost to charge an electric vehicle on a 120-volt system is comparable to that of operating a block heater, a service that is already provided to some paramedics by the employer.

Let it be resolved that

  • CUPE 873 will explain the benefits of workplace charging to the employer, and request the employer implement 120-volt electric vehicle charging at all staff parking locations that already have the necessary infrastructure by creating clear policy, procedure, and signage, and look to create similar electric vehicle charging infrastructure for staff at stations where it does not currently exist.

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