Home & Work Charging
The Primary Charging Site
While public charging stations are important, electric vehicle (EV) owners will do the majority (over 90%!) of their charging at home and at work. Charging at home can either be done with a regular 110v outlet, or with a Level 2 208v/240v charging station.
Selecting a Charging Station
If you’re looking to purchase a charging station for your EV, there are a number of different providers for you to consider, that comply to the standard Level 2 (SAE J1772) plug for your car. To help you get started, check out our Manufacturer and Supplier Page for a catalogue of charging equipment available in Canada.
Home or Office Garage
Some buildings will have charging station infrastructure. Other buildings will need to have the station installed. The process for installing a charging station will vary per building. Factors to consider include:
- Power requirements for Level 1 and Level 2 AC chargers
- Electric vehicle technologies
- Canadian legislative codes and standards
- Site planning of residential, commercial building
- Safety issues
- Disability requirements
- Charging station ownership
For more details visit BC Hydro website Electric Vehicle section.
Multi-unit Residential Buildings (MURBs)
For drivers who live in a condominium or strata, there are some steps to take for EV drivers to secure home charging.
BC has an incentive program for installing charging stations in MURBs. Read about it here.
The Province of BC worked with the Condominium Homeowners’ Association (CHOA) to look at barriers to EV charging. Together they developed a guideline for condominium and strata owners. Download the guide here.
As part of the Clean Energy Vehicle program, the BC Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) partnered with the Province of BC to offer a charging station incentive for multi-unit residential buildings. This program supported 125 stations, and you can learn about the results and experiences here. In addition, they developed an Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) information package to support an overall market transformation to clean energy vehicles. Get the information package here.