The CleanBC Go Electric Program is intended to encourage and accelerate the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in British Columbia (B.C.) for both their environmental and economic benefits.

The CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger Program is a sub-program of the CleanBC Go Electric Program and is intended to increase the number of public Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) stations throughout B.C. to support the growing number of ZEVs on the road.

The CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger Program is currently prioritizing applications that fill geographic gaps* or that are located in rural, northern, and Indigenous communities, as well as pilot fast charging projects (e.g. that may support carshare fleets or use off-grid renewable energy sources). Applications in urban communities with high ZEV uptake, high concentrations of multi-unit residential buildings, or other rationale for requiring more fast charging will also be considered, though applicants are encouraged to provide detailed reasoning for applications in those types of sites.

*Outstanding geographic gaps to enable an electric vehicle to travel across all of B.C.’s primary and secondary highways and major roads are outlined in the British Columbia Public Light-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Study (2021).

The Program aims to fill current gaps in the public DCFC network in B.C. such as Indigenous communities, rural and northern areas, and city centers experiencing long queues for DCFCs due to high ZEV uptake.

The most recent CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger program webinar was on 9th November 2022 at 12 PM (PST). The next webinar will be hosted once the date for the next review round is announced.

Applications will be reviewed in cycles through the year. The previous submission deadline was December 16th, 2022 at 11:59 pm PST. A new deadline for the next round of funding will be announced in 2023.

Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified by email if they have been successful; remaining applications will be retained for future review periods.

Program Update

The following update/revision has been made to the program requirement for DCFC equipment:

Earlier

Have a minimum of one CHAdeMO and one Combined Charging System (CCS)
Combo plug per site;

Updated

  • To be eligible for the program, DCFC equipment must have a minimum of one Combined Charging System (CCS) Combo plug connector per site;
    • A minimum of one CHAdeMO plug connector per site, if the charging site is located more than 50km driving distance from the nearest CHAdeMO DCFC. The distance to the nearest DCFC with a CHAdeMO plug will be determined using plugshare.com.

The province is in the process of updating the program guide to reflect the above change. In the meantime, we will accept applications without CHAdeMO connectors providing the criteria above is met.

Respectful communications and Zero-Tolerance Policy

Plug In BC takes all incidents of abusive, aggressive, or violent treatment against our staff very seriously. Our staff will always treat our clients with utmost respect. In turn, our staff have the right to a safe and respectful work environment.

Plug In BC has a Zero Tolerance policy against abusive, aggressive, or violent behaviour. This policy extends to any interaction with a staff member whether in-person, on the phone, via letter, e-mail, or through our website.

Unacceptable behaviour includes:

  • verbal abuse or the use of disrespectful language towards our staff
  • persistent or unrealistic demands that cause stress to staff
  • racist and sexist comments
  • breach of personal boundaries
  • physical aggression towards any staff

A breach of the Zero Tolerance policy will lead to termination of services.

Rebates

Rebate amounts range from up to $20,000 per <50 kW DCFC, to $130,000 per >100 kW DCFC (for Indigenous communities). Additional funding is available for Level 2 chargers. Exact amounts for different charger outputs are shown in the table below.

Eligibility

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants may be a business, not-for-profit, local government, Indigenous community, or public sector organization located and operating in B.C., excluding core government entities (i.e. Provincial Ministries), but including non-core government (e.g. Crown corporations, utilities, health authorities, school boards, universities, etc.

Application Process

Applications will be submitted online and must receive approval before any work begins. If any costs are incurred before approval has been received, they will not be eligible for rebate(s). Applicants who do not own the site they plan to install a DCFC at will need to include a written agreement demonstrating right to use the site with their application.

FAQ

Resources

Successful Applicants

Funded projects are listed below and updated as new projects are approved. Follow the location links for map views and PlugShare listings to see project status if available.

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Nanoose Economic Development Corporation: Snaw-Naw-As Market, Lantzville; 4 stations (two 62.5 kW DCFCs, two 32A level 2); news release

Electrical Joint Training Committee Society: EJTC training centre, Port Coquitlam; 1 station (50 kW DCFC) ; news release

City of Chilliwack: Victoria Ave Public Parking; 4 stations (two 62.5 kW DCFCs, two 32A level 2); news release

Elite Auto Spa: Elite Auto Spa, Delta; 2 stations (two 124 kW DCFCs); news release

KGT Enterprises: Crossroads Market Esso, Invermere; 2 stations (two 62.5 kW DCFCs); news release

 

The CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger 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 PublicCharger@pluginbc.ca