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Plug in BC

In BC over 90% 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. Many people are discovering other advantages of EVs too — such as how much fun they are to drive!

Plug In BC is a program of the Fraser Basin Council that offers information and support on plug-in vehicles and charging in BC. The program owes its success of over a decade to the collaboration of government, industry, community groups and institutions. Federal, provincial and some private industry incentives are accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles in BC.

Here’s a look at current programs administered by FBC’s Plug in BC team. Head to the Plug in BC website for details on the full range of services and incentives.

Electric vehicle charging in BC

CleanBC "Go Electric" Public Charger Program

The CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger Program (part of the CleanBC Go Electric Program) is intended to increase the number of public Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) stations throughout BC to support the growing number of zero emission vehicles on the road. Watch for the next round of funding.

Incentives are available to fill gaps in the public DCFC network, such as in Indigenous communities and in rural and northern areas. There is also an opportunity to apply for incentives in city centres where there are long lineups for DCFCs due to high electric vehicle uptake, high concentrations of multi-unit residential buildings, or other reasons (detailed applications related to these needs are encouraged).

Businesses, not-for-profits, local governments, Indigenous communities, utilities and public sector organizations with eligible installation sites can apply for incentives and must be approved for the program prior to incurring costs.

A video of a program information webinar from the last funding round is available along with detailed information on the Plug in BC website.

Applications will be reviewed in cycles throughout the year. The next application submission deadline will be announced soon.

Incentives available through the program:

  • DCFC Public Chargers: Varying rebates of up to $80,000 per charge port depending on charger output, to a maximum of 50% of project costs, with enhanced rebates of up to $130,000 per port and a maximum of 90% of project costs for Indigenous communities.
  • Level 2 Public Charging Stations: Incentives are also available for Level 2 stations (co-located with DCFCs only, or by meeting specified requirements). Rebates are for up to $5,000 per station, to a maximum of 50% of costs ($7,500 to a maximum of 90% of costs for Indigenous communities).

One of the conditions for funding under the program is that the installation site and equipment must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Visit the Plug in BC Public Charger Program page.

EV Advisor Service for Stratas and Workplaces

Plug in BC’s Electric Vehicle Advisors offer free advice to employers, staff, residents and strata councils on charging incentives, charging installation processes, user guidelines within stratas and workplaces, and on the benefits of acquiring chargers. Their services can include lunch & learn sessions, presentations at AGMs/SGMs, or webinars for decision makers.

Please note that detached houses, duplexes, rowhouses and townhouse units with individual private parking areas are not eligible for the service.

Learn more on the Plug in BC site: EV Advisor Services.

CleanBC Go Electric Fleets

The CleanBC Go Electric Fleets program aims to support fleets in their transition to zero-emission vehicles by providing training, advisory services and financial support.

Through the program, BC fleets can access rebates for ZEV readiness assessments, infrastructure assessments and upgrades as well as the purchase and installation of charging infrastructure to support the future of their fleets. For a limited time, eligible fleets can access enhanced rebates for the Go Electric Fleets program.

Go Electric Fleets Program funding and technical support are restricted to fleets that are based in British Columbia and have taken the West Coast Electric Vehicle pledge at Express Lane level, or higher: Committing to at least 10% ZEVs for all new fleet vehicle procurement by 2025 and annually revisiting this pledge to consider a higher ZEV procurement goal. All BC-based fleets that have taken the pledge are considered as Go Electric Fleets Program participants.

Details on the Plug in BC site: CleanBC Electric Fleets

CleanBC Go Electric Rebates

This provincial program offers rebates on electric motorcycles, low-speed vehicles, electric cargo bicycles (cargo-bikes), utility vehicles, and a variety of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The vehicle rebate enables a purchaser or lessee of an eligible specialty-use vehicle to receive a post-purchase rebate.

Learn more on the Plug in BC Go Electric Rebates site.

Emotive: The Electric Vehicle Experience

Emotive – The Electric Vehicle Experience is a public outreach campaign and collaborative program to raise awareness about electric vehicles in BC.

FBC administers Emotive Community Outreach Incentives, with provincial funding, to help communities and organizations deliver their own local and regional EV awareness campaigns.

Visit the Emotive website and follow on social media for the latest on:

  • upcoming community educational events – including EV test drives and demonstrations
  • #LiveElectric stories featuring of EV drivers from around BC
  • opportunities to volunteer as an EV ambassador to share your own experiences
  • practical info on accessing EV incentives and driving electric.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:
www.pluginbc.ca

Emotive:
www.emotivebc.ca

ReTooling for Climate Change:
www.retooling.ca

FBC Youth:
fbcyouthprogram.ca

Climate Action Toolkit:
www.toolkit.bc.ca 

Salmon-Safe BC
www.salmonsafe.ca

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative
www.realizingundrip.ca

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350

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