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, with over 1000 public charging stations available. Additionally, charging stations extend beyond British Columbia, and EV owners can utilize the West Coast Electric Highway for trips to just about anywhere along the West Coast.
There are three levels of charging offering different amounts of power. The more power a charging station provides, the faster the vehicle is charged.
- Level 1 (120volt): Regular outlet, also known as “trickle charge”, best used when parked overnight or long-term;
- Level 2 (240volt): Typical for at home, at work, or short- to medium-term parking, e.g. while shopping; and
- DC Fast Charging: Best for longer trips, allowing travel between cities.
Learn more about charging basics in the EV101 Guide.
Networked charging stations are those that are connected to other stations and/or to a server. 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, or basic 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 often require station hosts to subscribe to a network, non-networked stations can be less expensive alternatives.