Charging on the road

The number of public charging stations is growing fast

The rapid increase in the number of public charging stations in B.C., 1,000 and growing, provides a variety of options. There are many Level 2 charging options around B.C., more than 55 stations in the growing network of BC Hydro fast charging stations, and a smaller network of Tesla Superchargers stations.

DC fast charging
   
DC Fast Charge: 400 V and more
Charging time  
Fast charging uses a direct current, high-power charge. Find a charging station near you.
30 to 40 minutes for an 80% charge in most vehicles.


It’s easy to charge your EV at a BC Hydro fast charging station

  1. Park your vehicle and turn it off. Open the port of your vehicle.
  2. Remove the appropriate connector from the station (CCS or CHAdeMO, depending on your car) and plug it into your vehicle.
  3. Start the charge by using one of these three methods and following on-screen prompts:
    • The BC Hydro EV, Greenlots or FLO mobile app, depending on the machine’s network
    • A network-specific RFID card
    • The start button located on the machine or the touch screen
  4. Wait for your vehicle to reach the minimum charge that you need to get to your next destination. The connector will be locked until you end the charge.
  5. When the charge is complete, it may stop automatically. If it doesn’t, you can stop the charge by:
    • Ending the charge through the network-specific mobile application (Greenlots, BC Hydro EV, or FLO).
    • Scanning your network-specific RFID card and following on-screen prompts.
    • Using the button on the charger or touch screen to end the charge.
  6. Once you have ended the charge, the plug will unlock. Remove the plug from your car and replace it on the charge station.
  7. Do a quick check to make sure that the cord and plugs are neatly put away to avoid tripping hazards and damaged equipment.

Find a charging station near you

Find more information on what to do at a fast charging station