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Posted: September 30, 2019

Rebates announced for EV charging stations

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Sept. 26 announced the provincial government will be offering more than $4 million in new CleanBC rebates, with the aim of helping British Columbians buy and install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at home and at work.

Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister and Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall

“Through CleanBC, it’s more affordable and convenient than ever for British Columbians to go electric,” said Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Nelson-Creston MLA. “With these new rebates for EV charging stations, we’re making it easier to switch to electric vehicles.”

To help with the upfront costs that come with EVs, homeowners can get a $350 provincial rebate to install a Level 2 charging station in a single-family home. A $2,000 rebate is available for the installation of a Level 2 charging station designed for multiple users in condominiums, apartments and workplaces. Up to five hours of free support services from an EV charging station advisor are also available for condominiums, apartments and workplaces seeking to address their EV charging needs.

As of Thursday, Sept. 26, BC Hydro customers can also apply for an additional, limited-time matching rebate of up to $350 to buy and install EV charging equipment in single-family homes.

“We’re pleased to be working with the Province of B.C. to make at-home charging more accessible to EV owners in B.C.,” said Chris O’Riley, BC Hydro president and chief executive officer. “At-home charging is not only convenient for EV owners, with BC Hydro’s low electricity rates, it also offers significant savings over fuelling a gas-powered vehicle.”

To qualify for the CleanBC rebates, home and workplace charging stations must be installed, and final documentation submitted, by March 31, 2020.

The CleanBC Home and Workplace EV Charging Program is being administered by BC Hydro and FortisBC in their respective delivery areas.

For single-family homes, the cost of buying and installing a charging station can range from $700 to $2,000. Buying and installing a charging station at a multi-unit residential building can range from $2,000 to $12,000.

A Level 2 EV charging station uses a higher output 240-volt power source and has a faster charging time than a Level 1 EV charging station.

EV owners can save on fuel costs – about $1,800 every year for the average B.C. driver.

B.C. has more than 1,700 charging stations around the province.

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