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We're making it easier for you to own and drive an electric vehicle, from the affordable power we supply (98% of the electricity we generate is clean and renewable) to the installation of fast charging stations across B.C.

Quick stats

  • 1,000: The approximate number of public charging stations in B.C.

  • 56: number of BC Hydro fast charging stations (with 23 more to be added)

  • $2.00: The cost of charging a Nissan Leaf at home (per 100 km)

If you’re considering an EV

From affordability, to fit to your lifestyle and where you live, and whether you have a place to plug in, we’re here to give you the 411 on things to consider when you’re interested in purchasing an electric vehicle.

Top 5 things to consider before you buy

  • Why are you buying an EV?

  • Can you find a model that is both affordable and the right size

  • Do you have access and time for car charging?

  • Is your dwelling equipped with a plug in?

  • Is this type of vehicle a good investment?

Rebates & benefits available to EV drivers

In British Columbia, electric vehicle drivers can get a sticker that allows them to use our HOV lanes, even if there's only one person in the car. Increasingly, there are also public parking stalls reserved for EV vehicles (bonus: parking right at IKEA’s entrance!).

In addition, B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations, and local government organizations are eligible for up ot $5,000 off the pre-tax sticker price for qualifying new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. In addition there are rebates available for single-family homes and duplexes, multi-residential buildings, and workplaces from the Province of British Columbia as part of its Clean Energy Vehicle Program and administered by Plug In BC.

Fast charger network essentials

We’ve put together our most common FAQs in our fast charging support guide. From what you need to know before you go to a charging station, to what to do at the fast charging station, we have you covered.

Some of our top questions, answered:

What fast charge connectors are supported?

Our fast charging stations support the two global standard fast charge connectors; the Combo (CCS) and CHAdeMO? You can charge your EV at a fast charging station if either of these connectors can plug into your car.

Can all EV connectors charge at fast charge stations?

Some vehicles, such as select Tesla models, require an adaptor to plug into fast charging stations. Unfortunately the Model 3 in North America Tesla uses a proprietary Tesla connector that can only be used at their stations.

How long will it take me to charge my EV at a fast charger?

Charging typically takes about an hour, but at public charging stations we recommend limiting your charging time to 30 to 40 minutes to ensure other drivers have a chance to charge.

Does the weather affect when I can charge?

You can charge rain or shine, snow or sleet.

How can I find fast charging stations?

Search the PlugShare map and mobile app to find information and availability about charging stations around North America. This site will also provide you with amenities when you’re looking for something to do in those 30 to 40 minutes that you’re charging. And be sure to check out our B.C. road trip guide with four great trips planned with stops at our fast charger network along the way.

Poll

Have you joined the EV family?

  • Yes! I was the earliest of adopters
  • Almost, I still need to think about it
  • Nah, I’m still not ready to take the leap
  • I'm ready to go car shopping!
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