Electric vehicles & your BC Hydro bill

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Low rates help make B.C. a great place to operate an EV

If you're like most electric vehicle owners, you'll do the majority of your charging at home or at work. That means that your BC Hydro bill will rise, but perhaps not as much as you might guess.

Cost comparison: 3 different scenarios

Here's a look at estimated monthly electricity costs for three different vehicles, over three different distances, with 80% of charging done at home. We've used CAA's Electric Vehicle Cost Calculator to come up with the numbers:

  • A 2016 Ford Focus EV driven 15,000 km for the year – that's over 40 km a day  – would see an average BC Hydro bill increase of $29 a month. That compares to $117 a month for fuel costs in a gas-powered compact car.
  • A 2016 Nissan Leaf SV/SL driven 10,000 km for the year  – that's 27 km a day  – would see an average BC Hydro bill increase of $14 a month. That compares to $62 a month for fuel costs in a gas-powered sub-compact car.
  •  A 2016 Tesla S (P85D) driven 20,000 km for the year - that's 55 km a day - would see an average BC Hydro bill increase of $35 a month. That compares to $138 a month for fuel costs in a gas-powered full-size car.

To estimate your BC Hydro electricity costs, use CAA's Electric Vehicle Cost Calculator, keeping in mind that the typical EV owner charges their vehicle at home 80% of the time.

No specific electric vehicle charging rate, for now

The rate for charging an electric vehicle in B.C. is currently identical to that being charged to power any other electrical devices in the home. BC Hydro is, however, investigating an EV-specific rate.