The vast majority of electric car charging happens at home or at work, and in British Columbia 95% of all car trips in BC’s urban areas are less than 30km, well within the range of a typical electric car. However, public charging infrastructure is also needed to allow people to top up while they go about their daily errands, to support longer road trips, and to provide peace of mind for drivers, should they need those extra kms.
Level 2 (240volt)
The majority of Level 2 (240v SAE J1772 plug) public charging stations are free to use (like the ones at Armstrong Co-op), but there are a few that require drivers to join a service network to access the stations. Members are offered various ways to authorize the use of a charging station, such as scanning a member card at the desired charging station. EV owners can obtain a member card by registering online with the charging service networks. Some networks stations can also be authorized through a smart phone app or a credit card. There are currently three predominant networks in B.C.: ChargePoint, VERNetwork, and GreenLots (for DC Fast Chargers). Learn more about service networks and membership options in BC.
PlugShare is a wiki-based online map and App of charging stations across North America. Find out where the nearest one to you.
As part of the Clean Energy Vehicle program, British Columbia invested $2.7M towards supporting deployment of public Level 2 charging infrastructure, through the Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund.
The goal was to support charging stations serving members of the public or fleets, with participation of municipalities, regional governments, First Nations communities, BC businesses and other organizations. The results were 456 stations installed over the span of less than one year.