**UPDATE October 11 2019**
BC Hydro announced this week that the Tesla Wall Connector is an eligible charger for single family home rebate applicants only. It is now included in the this program!
The Province of British Columbia has
recently launched its new EV Charging Incentive program for Multi-Unit
Residences, Workplaces and Single Family Homes.
Not to be critical, but the rapid evolution
of these programs has been a little messy with confusing changes to program
criteria, funding amounts and terms.
In 2016, the “Multi Unit Residential Building Charging
Program” was a starting point for condo dwelling EV owners to get some
charging hardware installed in their building. Applicants could access funding
up to $4,500 or 75% of total costs per single Level 2 charging station, a dual
port station would receive up to $9,000 or 75% of total costs. I was not
surprising that program funds were fully committed in a matter of months
In early 2018 we saw a program refresh, now
called “Charging Solutions and
Incentives.” MURBS were still the main focus but now received a little less
with 75% of project costs up to $4,000 per Level 2 station (max of 2 stations
A new aspect of this sequel was the
Workplace Charging Incentive, and was open to British Columbia registered
businesses with a minimum of 5 employees who work primarily on the premises.
The incentive covers up to 50% of project costs up to $4,000 per Level 2
station or $2,000 per Level 1 station Lastly, the CSI program also offered $750
purchase incentive for Single Family Home chargers. The program also offered a
free EV advisor service, which meant strata’s and workplaces received
consulting hours to help with their project.
Initially, the CSI program excluded Tesla
Charging hardware and J1772 units that had the NEMA Plug-In option, but after a
few weeks of contention this was amended to include both of these criteria. The
funding for the CSI program was supposed to run into 2020 but ended after a few
months with the huge volume of applications.
On September 26th, the Province
(in conjunction with BC Hydro and Fortis BC) released its 3rd
version, now named “B.C.’s EV charger
you should know:
- Tesla Charging Hardware are not
eligible; all charging hardware need to be SAE J1772 compatible,
- Single Family Homes need to
have a permanent charger installation; wall mounted is permitted if there is a
240-volt outlet available,
- Single Family Home chargers can
be non-networked stations,
- MURB installations need to be
- The incentive cannot be combined
with incentives from ZAPBC.
- Single-family homes: Up to 50% of
purchase and installation costs of eligible, new, Level 2 charging equipment,
to a maximum of $350 per approved charging station. For a limited time, BC
Hydro is matching the $350 Province’s offer for single-family homes, allowing
you to get up to a $700 rebate for the purchase and installation of an eligible
- *Constructed prior to municipal bylaws:
Up to 50% of purchase and installation costs of eligible, new, Level 2
(208-volt or 240-volt) charging stations or energized outlets to a maximum of
$14,000 (no more than $2,000 per station). Dual-port stations count as two.
- *Constructed after municipal bylaws: Up
to 50% of purchase and installation costs of eligible, new, Level 2 (208-volt
or 240-volt) charging stations to a maximum of $5,000 (no more than $350 per
station). Dual-port stations count as two.
- Workplaces: Up to 50% of purchase and
installation costs of eligible, new, Level 2 charging equipment, to a maximum
of $14,000 (no more than $2,000 per station). Pre-approval is required.
*The wording about municipal bylaws
pertains to the specific Municipalities that have adopted bylaws for EV
hardware integration into new MURB Builds. For example, Vancouver, Richmond,
Burnaby, Port Moody, North Vancouver and some others currently have this bylaw
**With Tesla dominating EV deliveries in our region, it’s disappointing to see that, once again, Tesla Charging hardware is excluded from the new incentive program. Even though the J1772 is considered the industry standard in North America, the sheer volume of Model 3’s delivered in the last quarter has established a case of market dominance and should be a solid argument for inclusion.
Tesla owners still have access to a variety of charging hardware while using their Tesla J1772 connector that supports charging up to 19.2 kW. Check out the list of eligible chargers here**
Monetary Incentives are always welcome, and
are key to supporting the rapid adoption of EV’s in our region. However, given
the cost of many MURB retrofits, the $4.5 million will dissolve very quickly
and we will be back into waitlist mode.
Presently, the flaw in delivering these
incentives effectively, is the inability for strata corporations to manage
owners requests for installation. The nimbyism and knee jerk reaction to
applications have been extensive, bitter and frustrating for so many condo
dwellers and this needs to change. It is time that the Province of BC and Union
of BC Municipalities push to amend the Strata Property Act and implement
legislation that allows EV owners to setup EV charging without being refused by
the strata corporation. This change in legislation has been successfully
adopted in other regions like Ontario and California so what is holding BC
We suggest that you get your application
documentation together and apply as soon as possible. A full breakdown of
eligibility criteria can be located online at this link.
The program website and online application form is located at this link
If you are interested in installing EV
charging infrastructure in in your Multi Unit Residential Building, workplace
or single family home, call Cielo Electric for a fully comprehensive site
assessment. Ph: 778-862-4109 or visit www.cieloelectric.ca