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EV charging: More stations, health and COVID-19

Image of a Chevrolet Bolt charging at BC Hydro charging station in Cache Creek, B.C.

Charge at home as much as possible during the pandemic

Public electric vehicle charging stations are classified as an essential service in B.C., so BC Hydro has kept its network of fast charging stations available. However, BC Hydro is encouraging drivers to charge at home as much as possible.

If you need to use a BC Hydro charging station, take care to practice social distancing at the stations. Bring your own wipes or gloves to minimize potential transfer of the novel coronavirus, as BC Hydro is unable to regularly clean stations across the province. Also note that until all parks are reopened, some BC Hydro stations located in parks may be inaccessible. Check PlugShare ahead of time for the latest updates.

BC Hydro expands network with new stations

With the reduced station usage during the COVID-19 pandemic, BC Hydro has been able to accelerate station upgrades on Vancouver Island. Stations at Sidney, Nanaimo SuperStore, Port Alberni, Ucluelet, Courtenay and Campbell River have all received upgrades including new or additional fast chargers, signage and lighting.

More stations now compatible with BC Hydro network

Electric vehicle drivers can now use the BC Hydro EV mobile app and RFID card to activate stations at 20 former Greenlots network locations. FLO and ChargePoint apps are also supported at these locations:

  • Lower Mainland: Vancouver Homer St., Surrey Tynehead and Whistler
  • Fraser Valley: Chilliwack and Mission
  • Interior: Chase, Kamloops, Malakwa, Manning Park, Penticton, Revelstoke, Spences Bridge and Vernon
  • Vancouver Island: Campbell River, Colwood, Courtenay, Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Qualicum

Dual stations add greater capacity

Some stations are more popular than others, and BC Hydro is moving to better meet increasing demand at some of the busiest stops in B.C.

So far, dual stations have been installed at Sidney's Beacon Plaza, Nanaimo Superstore, and Port Alberni's No Frills. On the way are dual stations at the Courtenay Superstore, and the Campbell River Community Centre.

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