How we support electric vehicles

BC Hydro makes it easier to own an electric vehicle in B.C.

The B.C. government’s most recent Climate Leadership Plan aims to reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050.

The plan's initial 21 action items include making electric vehicles more affordable and buildings more energy efficient.  

BC Hydro's electricity generation was 98% clean for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2016, and the plan calls for 100% of the additional electricity acquired by BC Hydro to be from renewable or clean sources, except where concerns regarding reliability or costs must be addressed.

How we're involved: information, infrastructure & grid readiness

BC Hydro is helping B.C. better prepare for adoption of electric vehicles by:

  • Working with the provincial and federal government to explore opportunities to expand our DC fast charging station network across the province
  • Investigating challenges and barriers to EV charging in in all different types of communities, and identifying opportunities for innovation and solutions
  • Working with Powertech Labs on charging station and smart grid demonstration projects
  • Assessing the DC fast charging market and researching next-generation architecture to keep up with growing and evolving market needs
  • Developing a technology road map to assess how the EV market will evolve and how BC Hydro can accommodate those changes
  • Providing customers with trusted, neutral and up-to-date information about the EV market
  • Providing certified electrician recommendations to EV owners looking to install charging infrastructure
  • Identifying and supporting opportunities to reduce GHG emissions in BC as the fuel source for clean energy vehicles

We've also partnered with Natural Resources Canada to develop the Canadian EV Infrastructure Deployment Guidelines [PDF, 2.5 MB]

Can the BC Hydro electrical system handle the increase in demand?

The rate of electricity load growth from the adoption of electric vehicles will be gradual, and we’re already planning to ensure that the supply of electricity is in place to meet future demand.

Think of it this way: If all the cars in B.C. were to become electric overnight, that would represent a 19% increase on our current base load. Since their introduction in 2010, electric vehicles represent nearly 1% of new vehicle sales in B.C.