Charging an electric vehicle
Greater range & more charging stations reducing anxiety
In the early days of electric vehicles, it wasn't unusual for a driver to be forced to leave the electric car at home and take the gas guzzler instead. It was a practical decision borne out of a combination of a limited range between charges, and no options except the 11-16-hour charge of a standard electrical outlet.
But today, there are more than 55 BC Hydro-installed DC fast charging stations that will do that will charge most vehicles to 80% in 30 to 40 minutes, plus a small network of Tesla Superchargers for use by Tesla owners. There are also now more than 1,000 Level 2 charging stations across B.C. – stations that will fully charge most vehicles in less than five hours.
New for 2019: BC Hydro introduces fast charging app, RFID card
BC Hydro is rolling out two new options for charging at BC Hydro fast charging stations in 2019, a newly-launched BC Hydro EV mobile app, and a BC Hydro EV RFID card you can use to start charging without mobile access. Download the BC Hydro EV app at the App Store.
For the spring of 2019, the BC Hydro EV App and RFID card will work at BC Hydro stations formerly on the FLO network (mainly in the Kootenays). By the end of the summer, access will be extended to most stations on the BC Hydro network, including those currently carrying the Greenlots sticker.
There are now more than 1,000 Level 2 chargers across B.C. – stations that will fully charge most vehicles in less than five hours. And there are 50 BC Hydro-installed DC fast chargers that will do that same job in 30 minutes or less, plus a small network of Tesla superchargers for use by Tesla owners.
Three new rebates, funded with $1.85 million from the Province of British Columbia as part of its Clean Energy Vehicle Program and administered by Plug In BC, were available in 2018 (while program funding lasted).
Charging infrastructure guidelines a great resource
The Canadian EV Infrastructure Deployment Guidelines report [PDF, 2.5 MB] is a resource to aid in the proper deployment of EV charge infrastructure and to further advance the electrification of transportation.
The report is designed for a broad audience including civic and campus planners, facility engineers, architects, developers, operations personnel, large building owners, individual or fleet electric vehicle consumers and charge infrastructure users.
- Report on the British Columbia Electric Vehicle Smart Infrastructure Project [PDF, 280 KB]
- Projet d’infrastructure intelligente pour véhicules électriques de la Colombie-Britannique [PDF, 270 KB]
- Resources on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Shared Parking Areas: Resources to Support Implementation & Charging [PDF, 4.36 MB]
- Guide on Residential Electric Vehicle Charging: A Guide for Local Governments [PDF, 1.45 MB]