Test Drive an EV at the Green Ride & Drive posted on 2:51 PM, March 21, 2014
The 2014 Vancouver International Auto Show is featuring the Green Ride & Drive on March 25-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Plug in BC will be there March 29 - come share your test drive experience with us!
More EV Stations Coming posted on 4:43 PM, December 6, 2012
On December 6 the Province of BC announced that another 145 electric vehicle charging stations are coming to BC communities, in a second round of funding under the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund. More than 60% of stations in this round are being installed by businesses. See the news release here.
Communities plugging in to promote electric vehicles posted on 2:30 PM, September 27, 2012
Sept 12 Burnaby - As part of the $2.7-million Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund, 71 organizations have been approved through an Early Bird Application process for charging station incentives.
Plug in BC − See What's Been Done!
Plug-In BC is a collaborative initiative to help lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure in British Columbia. Here are highlights of our work:
DC Fast Charging Pilot
The Province of BC and the federal government are supporting 30 DC fast chargers through a pilot managed by BC Hydro. As of July 2014, there are eight sites in BC to fast-charge your EV (not including Tesla’s SuperChargers). They’re located in Duncan, Nanaimo, Langley, Surrey (x2), Merritt, Squamish, and Kamloops. There are another six DC fast charging stations being planned in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Hope, Saanich, Sidney and Sechelt. The remaining 17 will be determined based on a range of factors including distance between stations and completing a full corridor loop in the Southern Interior.
The CCI Fund Results are in
In April 2012, the Province of BC announced a $2.7 million Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund to support a province-wide network of electric vehicle charging stations in 2012-2013. See the news release and backgrounder on the Province of BC website.
The goal was to support charging stations serving members of the public or fleets, with participation of municipalities, regional governments, First Nations communities, BC businesses and other organizations. This charging infrastructure is an important step in offering drivers options away from home. The CCI Fund provided funding incentives to communities and businesses through the Charging Stations Incentive and Planning Incentive.
As a result of the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund, 456 Level 2 charging stations have been installed across the province. Together with stations installed under a complementary initiative of Metro Vancouver, the total number of charging stations for the public and fleets in BC is now 530.
Below is a map showing all operational charging stations supported by the CCI Fund. You can also visit PlugShare to find a station near you.
View CCI Fund Station Results in a full screen map
Read more about other initiatives under BC's Clean Energy Vehicle program
READY, SET, CHARGE!
Plug In BC is an initiative co-chaired by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro to help lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in British Columbia.
It is a broad collaboration between the Province of BC, BC Hydro, the Fraser Basin Council, Powertech Labs, over 180 communities and businesses, the University of British Columbia's Transportation and Infrastructure Public Space Lab, the BC Institute of Technology, the University of Victoria's Institute for Integrated Energy Systems and Simon Fraser University.
Ready to help Plug in BC? So are we!
KNOW YOUR ELECTRIC CARS!
Did you know there are two basic types of plug-in electric vehicles that can use charging stations on the road?
A 100% plug-in electric vehicle has a battery charged entirely by plugging into the electrical grid, meaning zero tailpipe emissions. An example is the Nissan Leaf, which is built to go 160 km on a single charge.
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has a battery charged principally by plugging the vehicle into the electrical grid – but also features an internal combustion engine, which extends the range. The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid, built to go 40-80 km on the electric battery before switching to gasoline power.
Visit the FBC Green Fleets (Electric vehicles) page for a quick overview of hybrid, plug-in and fuel cell electric cars. Then visit manufacturer websites for information on different makes and models.
BC already has the highest adoption rate for traditional hybrid vehicles in Canada (2.5X higher than other provinces). There's good reason to be charged up about the new generation of plug-in electrics now rolling out!