Financial Support for Electrical Infrastructure Upgrades

As of January 22nd, 2024, this offering is for fleets located in Fortis BC electrical service territory only.

Fleets that receive electrical service from BC Hydro can access this rebate through BC Hydro’s Fleet Electrification program.

If electrical modification and/or electrical service upgrades are needed to support fleet electrification, the costs associated with such projects can be a barrier to ZEV adoption. To support the facilities of an organization to be ZEV fleet ready, the Go Electric Fleet Charging Program will provide financial support for the electrical work needed to provide enough energy to support a ZEV fleet.

Eligible Applicants

 This Program component is open to B.C. registered companies.

To be considered eligible under this Program, a company must:

  • Be located in B.C;
  • Have fleet vehicles registered to your organization registered in B.C.;
  • Receive electrical service from Fortis BC; and,
  • Apply for pre-approval.

To be considered eligible under this Program, you must apply for pre-approval and provide the following details:

  • Proof of B.C. business license;
  • WorkSafe BC number;
  • Proof of fleet vehicles registered to your organization in B.C.;
  • Attestation that the applicant has the authority to undertake the electrical work at the facility;
  • If the facility is a leased location, written permission from property management or owner of the building is required;
  • Facility electrical assessment that details the need for the electrical modifications or service upgrades to accommodate a ZEV fleet; and,
  • A quote for the work (facility electrical assessment and, if installing, a quote for EV energy management system hardware) to be completed.

 Once you satisfy the above requirements, FBC will review your application. If approved, FBC will issue an approval letter.

Rebate Amounts

This Program component will reimburse the costs of electrical work/service upgrades or modifications at the rate of 33% of total costs to a maximum rebate of $20,000.  Organizations can have separate applications for different sites but can only receive rebates for a maximum of four sites.

BC Public Sector Organizations

Local governments, health authorities, school districts and universities and colleges are eligible to receive up to 50% of the project costs to a maximum of $80,000.  BC PSOs can have separate applications for different sites but can only receive rebates for a maximum of four sites. Crown Corporations and Government ministries are ineligible.

Indigenous communities

Successful applicants from Indigenous communities and businesses will be reimbursed for 75% of total costs to a maximum rebate of $25,000.

Eligible Costs

Eligible costs include:

  • Engineering design services;
  • New panels and breakers;
  • New transformer;
  • Wiring and conduit additions;
  • Upgrades to utility service; and,
  • EV energy management system hardware and installation

Requirements

  • To be eligible, an organization must first undertake an EV Infrastructure Assessment and clearly demonstrate the need for the electrical modifications or the electrical service upgrades to accommodate a ZEV fleet;
  • Applicants must agree to share data collected with FBC and the Province; and,
  • Applicants must obtain all required permits needed to complete the electrical work.

Once pre-approved for a rebate, applicants will have 90 days to begin the project with costs approved by program administrators. Only costs incurred after application approval will be considered eligible.

Electrical Infrastructure Application Process

  • Applicants must apply for pre-approval. The pre-approval application form is available here
  • After completion of electrical infrastructure installation, pre-approved applicants must then apply for the financial rebate.

The following documentation must be provided at the time of applying for the rebate:

  • The approval letter issued by FBC.
  • A proof of completion of electrical work.
  • Proof of payment: Sales receipt showing items/model, name and address of the purchaser, purchase date and purchase price or any other document that clearly shows the transfer of funds.

If the Province changes or terminates the Program, a completed eligible application form received prior to a change, or the termination of the Program will be administered in accordance with the Program as it existed on the date of the application.

The CleanBC Go Electric Fleet Charging Program is one of a suite of programs offered under the Province of BC’s CleanBC Go Electric Program. The program is funded through the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and is administered by the Fraser Basin Council Society.

For more information, please contact fleets@pluginbc.ca