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.
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, are available now through March 31, 2020 (or while program funding lasts).
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]