Charging Cards and Apps
Many stations require an account linked to an RFID card or smartphone app to activate. While most of your charging will be likely be done on one or two networks, you will encounter more – and might need more accounts – as you travel around. If you are travelling to a new area, use PlugShare to see where charging stations are located and which networks accounts you will need.
As you travel around B.C., you will find charging stations belonging to utilities (BC Hydro, Fortis BC), cities or regional districts. Don’t worry; they can be accessed with the accounts listed above.
Other Charging Stations
Petro Canada has charging stations that do not require a service network to activate. You can use your credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, like using a gas pump.
The B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has installed fast charging stations at rest areas. These stations do not require any accounts or credit cards. Just follow the instructions posted on-site or on PlugShare.
Tesla vehicles can use the Tesla Supercharger network, which is handled by an exiting Tesla account. Note: Tesla vehicles can access non-Tesla fast charging stations using a CHAdeMO adapter, but other vehicles cannot use Tesla charging stations.