Public Charging - Plugin BC

Electric Car charging stations Vancouver

Charging Station / May 12, 2017

The cost of the electricity to fully charge an electric vehicle is less than your morning coffee.

Zero emissions

British Columbia is fortunate to have an electrical grid that is 93% renewable. EVs can charge up today and have nearly emissions-free travel with zero tailpipe emissions. This reduces the climate change impact from gasoline or diesel vehicles and improves air quality for everyone.

Fast recharging with many locations

Vancouver is a dense, compact city. Most Vancouver drivers travel less than 30 km per day. EV batteries can be recharged from these trips in about one hour on a Level 2 (240V) plug, or in a few minutes on a Fast Charger. EVs are more flexible at "refuelling" than conventional vehicles – they can be charged at home, businesses, parking garages, parks, and more.

Efficient, quiet, and low-stress

EVs are more efficient than fossil-fueled vehicles, travelling about 5 times further per unit of energy. They are also quiet and require far less maintenance than a conventional vehicle.

Creating an electric vehicle ecosystem

We're committed to deriving 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050. How we get around will play an important role in how we get to that goal, and we know that walking, cycling, or taking transit isn’t always possible.

The Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Strategy was approved on November 16, 2016, and aims to create flexible options for charging vehicles which is integral to achieving our goal of 100% renewably powered transportation before 2050.

Electric vehicle sales have grown

year-over-year since 2011

We recognize that light-duty vehicles will continue to be an important part of Vancouver's transportation system for the foreseeable future. To that end, electric vehicle infrastructure is critical in shifting light-duty vehicles away from fossil fuels.

While electric vehicle uptake continues to grow, one of the single greatest barriers to widespread adoption is a lack of access to convenient charging.