BC Hydro says EV charging habits back to pre-covid levels


BC Hydro has 70 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations spread across the province of British Columbia.

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In February, before the coronavirus pandemic hit the west coast of Canada, BC Hydro says there were more than 21,000 charging sessions at its public EV charging stations.

That fell to just 12,700 sessions in April, the first full month after coronavirus lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were implemented in mid-March.

Now as the province reopens and life returns to a somewhat normal routine, BC Hydro announced charging sessions have recovered to pre-covid levels with 20,000 charging sessions recorded in June.

These statistics follow a similar trend Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared on the impact of the pandemic on Supercharger use around the world.

The biggest drop was in April, where Supercharger use in North America dropped by more than 70%. Musk shared an updated graph last month, showing that while usage had recovered from the levels seen in March, they were still down about 30% in North America.

Featured image via BC Hydro

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