EV network planning
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
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:
- Current and upcoming stations map [PDF, 288 KB] – Displays current BC Hydro fast charging station sites as well as sites that have been confirmed for upcoming construction.
- 2025 fast charging network map by region [PDF, 304 KB] - Displays BC Hydro’s planned number of station deployments by region at the end of 2025.
Here are the categories we use when planning new fast charging stations, and the characteristics of each.
||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
- Space for future expansion
Want to propose your site for our next station?
Communities where we’re currently seeking sites:
- 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.
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.