Plug in BC
In BC 93% of electricity generated is clean energy. This makes electric vehicles a good option for BC drivers who want to cut greenhouse gas and other harmful emissions by driving cleaner and greener.
As part of the Plug in BC initiative, the Province is currently supporting a BC-wide network of some 450 electric vehicle charging stations, accessible to the public or fleets through a $2.74 million Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund. Incentives are now helping BC regional districts, municipalities, First Nations, public institutions, businesses and other organizations by defraying up to 75% of their cost of purchasing and installing stations. There is also a planning incentive that has helped communities prioritize locations.
The Fraser Basin Council is pleased to administer this initiative.
Charging Stations Incentive
This incentive supported the purchase and installation of new electric charging stations accessible to the public or fleets. Many regional districts, municipalities, businesses, public institutions and other organizations across BC took up the funding in 2012 to purchase and install one or more eligible level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. Each successful applicant obtained funding for 75% of eligible costs of a station, to a maximum of $4,000 per station.
Installation of the new stations completes in the spring of 2013.
Regional districts, municipal governments and First Nations in BC were also invited to host a community-wide or regional planning process related to electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Twelve local governments applied for and received incentive funding: the Capital Regional District, City of Campbell River, City of Dawson Creek, City of Duncan, City of Fort St. John, City of Merritt, City of Nanaimo, City of Terrace, District of Sechelt, Metro Vancouver, Resort Municipality of Whistler and Regional District of Nanaimo.
Each received 75% of eligible planning costs, to a maximum of $6,000, plus an amount based on population of the participating community or communities ($0.10 per capita), not to exceed $75,000 in total funding.
In the fall of 2012, these communities worked with local businesses and stakeholders to identify key locations for a specific number of charging stations, with charging station incentive funding preapproved.
About Plug in BC
Plug in BC is an initiative to lay the groundwork for the new generation of plug-in electric vehicles and electric charging infrastructure. The Province of BC launched the initiative in 2011, working with BC Hydro, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Basin Council (Green Fleets BC), academic institutions and other interests.
FBC helped the effort by linking up auto manufacturers and BC fleets that were ready to introduce plug-in electric vehicle. This led to roll-out of BC’s first Mitsubishi iMiev, Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo Electric.
In 2012-2013 the focus is on building a network of charging stations — to offer electric vehicle drivers greater security, peace of mind and extended travel options. Read about it here and at www.pluginbc.ca.
Places to Plug In
Watch for electric vehicle charging stations in your travels: at commercial parking lots, shopping malls, grocery stores, schools, colleges and universities, office buildings, airports, rail stations and airports.
If you’re an EV driver, visit PlugShare.com to look up stations in Canada and the US.
For US stations, also visit the US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fueling Station Locator.