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EV network planning

Electric vehicles plugged in at a charging station

We operate a large network of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers in B.C. As EV adoption grows in the province, our charging network must as well. By the end of 2025, we plan to have 325 fast chargers deployed across 145 sites. 

Our plans to expand the BC Hydro EV charging network are informed by the Government of B.C.’s EV network plan. Our role is to connect the province with public charging infrastructure and to support urban, en-route and rural travel. 

We also look at trends in EV ownership and usage of existing stations to help us identify where new sites or expansions to existing sites would be most beneficial. 

Our current sites and expansion plans 

View a map of our current live network here. You can also view our network map on the BC Hydro EV mobile app, or other popular EV charging apps. 

Five-year plan:

BC Hydro has developed a Five-year EV fast charging network deployment plan [PDF, 1.18 MB] to provide information to communities and interested parties on how BC Hydro is planning to expand the public fast charging network in the context of the CleanBC Go Electric Plan.

Maps of our network expansion plans: 

Here are the categories we use when planning new fast charging stations, and the characteristics of each. 

  Urban/community Travel corridor
EV charging hubs
Designed to Support charging needs in the community Support inter-city travel Support higher volumes of vehicles
Location examples Grocery stores; community centres; shopping areas City centres along major highway corridors; rest areas High population urban areas; near major highway corridors
Ideal charging duration

40 to 60 minutes

20 to 40 minutes 15 to 60 minutes
Station layouts Pull-in or pull-through Pull-in or pull-through Pull-in or pull-through
Chargers per site 2 to 4+ 2 to 4+ 4 to 8+
Power level 25 kW to 50 kW, generally 50 kW to 100 kW, with plans to exceed that 25 kW to 100 kW+ 


We consider a variety of important factors when determining where to build new fast charging sites, or which existing ones to expand. These factors include:

  • Priority areas identified by the Government of B.C.’s EV network plan
  • Proximity to other fast chargers
  • Proximity to core travel corridors
  • Proximity to amenities
  • Site safety
  • Availability of parking lot space (minimum four stalls of space must be dedicated to the station)
  • Availability of power

 

In general, our station design adheres to our EV fast charging station design guidelines. Key considerations for designing or upgrading stations include:

  • Power levels (25 kW, 50kW, 100 kW, etc.) and number of chargers at a site based on projected usage
  • Safety and sight lines
  • Accessibility
  • Space for future expansion

Want to propose your site for our next station?

Communities where we’re currently seeking sites:

  • Chetwynd
  • Fauquier
  • Tumbler Ridge

If you’re a landowner or an agent of a landowner in a community identified above and think your site is a good fit for our EV network expansion, please submit a site proposal.

Before submitting your proposal, be sure to review our considerations for network expansion (above), and our station design guidelines

Other resources

If you’re interested in building your own public fast charging station that’s not part of the BC Hydro EV network, we provide design and operation guidelines to help. 

EV fast charging station guide