More Places to Charge Up
There are a growing number of electric vehicle charging stations in homes, at workplaces and in public places throughout British Columbia. More charging stations make it easier for electric vehicle owners and operators to charge up whenever they’re parked, providing more freedom than ever before. See a map of charging stations here.
- Level 1 (110volt): Also known as “trickle charge”, best used when parked overnight or long-term;
- Level 2 (240volt): Typical for short- to medium-term parking, e.g. while shopping or at work; and
- DC Fast Charging: Best for longer trips, allowing travel between cities.
Networked charging stations are those that are connected to other stations and/or to a server through cellular or wireless signal. Some of the benefits of networked charging stations include data tracking, remote monitoring and updating, charge station reports, user access controls, mobile app integration, payment collection, and online reservation systems.
Non-networked stations are not able to communicate with other stations or servers. As such, these stations have little additional benefits beyond charging capability. However, since many networked stations require station hosts to subscribe to a network, non-networked stations are less expensive alternatives.
BC’s Charging Stations
Around 1000 charging stations were installed for homes, workplaces and in public areas in BC between 2011-2014. The Province of BC’s Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) program helped fund the majority of these stations, with contributions from the various charging station hosts. The program encouraged and accelerated clean energy vehicle deployment and technology innovation within BC. The program supported deployment of the following stations:
- 306 home units through a LiveSmart residential rebate,
- 142 multi-unit buildings around B.C.,
- 550 public Level 2 charging stations, and
- 8 DC Fast Charging stations – plus 5 more by March 2015 and 17 more by March 2016 (30 total)
While the CEV Program has now ended, many organizations continue to play a role in hosting charging stations. Businesses are beginning to see the benefits of attracting new customers and supporting electric vehicles in their communities. Resources are available to assist in planning and hosting charging stations of your own.