BC Hydro to implement EV charging fees this weekend

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers in British Columbia will have to start paying for their charging sessions at BC Hydro stations starting this weekend.

On May 1, 2021, all BC Hydro EV chargers across the province will charge drivers the following rates based on the amount of time you are plugged in:

  • 12 cents per minute for 25 kW charging ($3.60 for 30 minutes)
  • 21 cents per minute for 50 kW charging ($6.30 for 30 minutes)
  • 27 cents per minute for 100 kW charging ($8.10 for 30 minutes) – not yet deployed

How much you get billed will depend on a variety of factors like how fast your vehicle can charge, the speed of the charging point you select, and how depleted your battery is.

There are three ways to pay for your charging session – use a mobile applicatiion, RFID card, or you can scan a QR code and follow the prompts. You can read more on BC Hydro’s website.

The rates were revealed in an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) last month, which were approved on an interim basis a few weeks later.

There are currently 70 BC Hydro charging stations across the province, with another 7 under construction.

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