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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.
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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:

  • 932 vehicle sales in BC since 2012
  • 530 public level 2 charging stations across BC
  • Over 275 residential charging stations
  • 125 charging stations in multi-unit buildings
  • 7 DC fast charging stations in key locations, with 6 more planned
  • Student training, research and development in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure
  • The development of guides and tools for planning and installing infrastructure in the public space and in strata-owned buildings.

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.
 
Charging for Charging? Unlike the majority of Level 2 stations, the DC Fast Chargers have a usage fee. For the purpose of the pilot DC fast charging project, all hosts have agreed to implement a $0.35/kWh charge with a minimum $2.00 sales per charge session. The minimum sales amount ensures the recovery of the $0.91 payment transaction fee and any electricity (kWh) dispensed before reaching the $2.00 mark.  There are many costs for hosting a DC fast charger station, including purchasing and installation costs, and operating costs. A detailed look at how these costs are managed, the price structure, and other FAQs can be downloaded here.

 

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 rebates and initiatives under BC's Clean Energy Vehicle program

About Plug in BC

Plug In BC is an initiative led by the Province of BC to lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure.

This is a broad collaboration that includes BC Hydro, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Fraser Basin Council (Green Fleets BC), BC Institute of Technology and University of Victoria (Institute for Integrated Energy Systems).

Learn more about the work of Plug in BC in our overview.

 

About the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund

A cornerstone of Plug in BC is the Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund. This fund offers incentives to both public and private sector to help build a network of 570 electric vehicle charging stations across BC for use by the public and by fleets.

The Fund is overseen by the BC Ministry of Environment and BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, and administered by the Fraser Basin Council.

Reach Us

For more about Plug in BC and other green fleet initiatives, contact:

Charlotte Argue
Transportation Analyst
Green Fleets BC

Fraser Basin Council
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