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How Alliance members can benefit from the growing popularity of electric vehicles

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Electric vehicle sales may be a relatively small share of all vehicles sold in B.C. today, but that's changing. More than 300,000 electric vehicles are expected to be on B.C. roads by 2030.

As EV adoption grows, Alliance members will see an increase in referrals

Electric vehicles (EVs) are quietly revving up the driving experience throughout B.C., with no signs of slowing down. There are now more than 4,000 EVs on the road in the province, and it's estimated the number will grow to more than 300,000 by 2030.

As electric vehicles' share of the new vehicle purchase market grows, BC Hydro's support of EV owners is helping to create new business opportunities for Alliance members. Learn about the referral program and how you can be certified to be on that referral list.

Electric vehicles are a good fit for B.C.

It's getting easier to own an EV in B.C. The province's Clean Energy Vehicle Program gives consumers up to $5,000 toward their EV purchase, while another program – which funded installation of charging stations in apartment buildings and condominiums – was so popular that it was fully subscribed within a few months.

EVs are appealing to British Columbians in part because 98% of the electricity BC Hydro generates is clean and that adds up to significant greenhouse gas emissions when drivers switch to electric vehicles. Drivers also know it can cost as little as $3 to fully charge an EV.

In a recent poll on bchydro.com, 75% of BC Hydro customers polled indicated they were interested in purchasing an EV.

How BC Hydro supports the EV industry and drivers

BC Hydro's mandate around electric vehicles is to help remove barriers to customers who are purchasing electric vehicles.

 "We want to make it an easy option for people to charge at home, but also on the go," says Linda van der Velden, a project manager with BC Hydro's EV team that was formed last spring.

A pilot project to install 30 DC fast charging stations across the province is complete, and there's interest in further expanding that network.

Additionally, as most charging occurs at home, more people will be looking for certified electricians to install stations at their residences.

Alliance referrals for residential EV charging station installation

BC Hydro's Tanya Perewernycky helps Alliance members participate with various BC Hydro energy-efficiency programs.

The Alliance has a referral process in place to connect members with customers who are looking to upgrade the energy efficiency of their facilities. To support the growing demand around EVs, the referral opportunities have been expanded to include the installation of EV charging stations in both commercial facilities and residential homes.

Alliance members who want to take advantage of the growing market and be placed on the referral list need to go through the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) certification, said Perewernycky. These members will then be added to the list of eligible members who receive customer referrals.

How to get certified to install EV charging stations

Handled through EJTC, part of the Electrical Joint Training Committee in Canada, the four-day EV training program provides participants with an understanding of best practices in code and safety for EV charging station installers, as well as hands-on practice.

Journeyperson electricians with a Certificate of Qualification can apply to have half the training cost subsidized by the province.

EVITP has certified over 800 electricians in the U.S. in the past year. Given the projected growth of EV ownership in the province, this is an exciting opportunity with potential for years to come.