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.
Plug-In BC is a collaboration to help lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in British Columbia. Here are some highlights of this investment:
The Fraser Basin Council has supported Plug-in BC by administering parts of the initiative. We helped BC fleets with the early roll-out of electric vehicles (2011) and administered provincial incentives for the installation of new public and fleet charging stations (2012-2013).
In 2014 Plug in BC is helping to build public awareness of EVs and charging stations. FBC is again proud to play a role. Watch for details!
The First EV Roll-outs
FBC helped the early work of Plug in BC 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 2011.
Charging Stations and Planning Incentives
In 2012-2013 the focus was on creating a network of electric vehicle charging stations, and FBC administered two provincial incentive programs.
The Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund 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.
The Planning Process Incentive helped regional districts, municipal governments and First Nations in BC 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 pre-approved.
Installation of the new charging stations under both incentives completed in 2013. Metro Vancouver understook a parallel planning and incentive process within the overall Plug-in BC initiative.
Visit www.pluginbc.ca for the latest updates.
Questions? Contact Charlotte Argue, Assistant Manager, Climate Change and Air Quality.
About Plug in BC
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.
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.