Are you a strata or property manager, business owner, or homeowner? The demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging is on the rise and now is the perfect time to get your property EV Ready by expanding your EV charging infrastructure. The Province of BC is moving forward with its zero-emission vehicle targets and as of October 31st, 2023, it has approved another $6.59M in funding to re-open the CleanBC Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program for Homes and Workplaces.
What does this mean? Whether you’re thinking of starting the planning process to upgrade your property, or your building is already approved for EV charger installation, there are BC Hydro EV charger rebates available to help you save up to 50-75% of the costs, while funding lasts.
how it works
MULTI-UNIT HOMES (APARTMENT, CONDO & TOWNHOME COMPLEXES)
EV Ready Plan
If your complex is not already pre-approved by BC Hydro for EV charger installation, you will need an EV Ready Plan. This is a professional document for your building to make at least one parking space per residential unit EV Ready. It includes the electrical infrastructure required to support EV chargers.
If your plan is completed by a licensed electrical contractor or electrical engineer, you could receive a rebate of up to 75% of the costs of creating the plan, to a maximum of $3,000. Note that an EV Ready Plan is simply a starting point and does not require you to move forward with installation.
Once your EV Ready Plan is complete and approved, you can proceed with the installation of electrical infrastructure to support EV chargers. This could include electrical service upgrades, wiring, and civil works. While funding lasts, you could receive a rebate of up to 50% of the installation costs, to a maximum of $600 per parking stall, and a project maximum of $120,000. Note that while having the right electrical infrastructure is critical to being EV Ready, it does not require you to move forward with the installation of EV chargers.
EV CHARGER INSTALLATION
Once the electrical infrastructure is in place, you’ll be ready for EV charger installation. You could receive a rebate of up to 50% of the costs, up to a maximum of $1,400 per charger to purchase and install Level 2 networked EV chargers, to a maximum of $14,000.
STANDALONE EV CHARGING STATIONS
BC Hydro is also offering rebates for standalone EV chargers at workplaces (for employee use) and multi-unit homes. You could receive up to 50% of costs up to a maximum of $2,000 per charger to purchase and install eligible Level 2 networked EV chargers, to a maximum of $14,000. The building must be pre-approved.
This includes single-family homes, row homes, or duplexes. Owners or residents that purchase and install an eligible Level 2 EV charger could receive a rebate of up to 50% of costs, to a maximum of $350. BC Hydro also provides incentives of up to $250 for eligible EV charger installations in single-family homes. Additionally, power management rebates are offered for installing power-switching devices.
why upgrade now?
- Take advantage of BC Hydro EV charger rebates and incentive programs before they run out
- Make your property ready for the rising demand for electric vehicles
- Attract eco-conscious residents, employees, and customers looking for EV charging capabilities
- Make your property ready to meet future regulatory requirements
- Increase your property value with the presence of EV chargers
- Increase revenue generation through visitor charging stalls
- Support sustainability and protect the environment through reduced emissions
READY FOR THE NEXT STEP?
As a licensed electrical contractor, working in Vancouver and across BC, we can help with all your EV charging needs and help maximize your eligibility for EV charger rebates. From developing EV Ready plans and pulling electrical permits to installing electrical infrastructure, EV chargers, and power-switching devices for homes, our EV charger installers and certified electricians have you covered. From residential to commercial properties, we’ll ensure that your project meets all regulatory requirements. To start your EV Ready Plan, you can request a service or call us at 1.844.GO.HOULE.
Click here for more info on the CleanBC Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program.