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Electric vehicles (EV) 101

Our primer on all things EV, whether you’re still thinking about purchasing or you’re looking for fast charging.

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

Quick stats

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

  • 70: number of BC Hydro fast charging stations (with more on the way)

  • $2.00: The approximate 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

  • 1

    Why are you buying an EV?

  • 2

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

  • 3

    Do you have access and time for car charging?

  • 4

    Is your dwelling equipped with a plug in?

  • 5

    Is this type of vehicle a good investment?

Rebates & benefits available to EV drivers

The rebates that are now in the market for electric vehicles and chargers make it easier to make the switch.

Rebates include:

  • Federal vehicle rebates up to $5,000

  • Provincial vehicle rebates up to $3,000

  • Single-family home charger rebates up to $350

  • Multi-unit residential and workplace charger rebates up to property maximum of $14,000

Other perks include the ability for EV drivers in B.C. to get a sticker that allows them to use our HOV lanes, even if there's only one person in the car. Plus, there are also public parking stalls reserved for EV vehicles (bonus: parking right at IKEA’s entrance!).

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.

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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