Government of B.C. adds new EV charger rebates for condos, apartments, and workplaces

The Government of British Columbia has announced today new rebates to help cover the cost of purchasing and installing electric vehicle (EV) chargers in condominiums, apartments, and workplaces.

Funded through the Go Electric EV Charger Rebate Program, eligible applicants can receive 50% off the purchase and installation of a qualifying charger, up to a maximum of $2,000.

If you don’t know where to begin the process to find the right charging solution for your building, the program also offers up to 5 hours of free support service from an EV Charging Station Advisor.

A total of $10 million has been allocated to the program as part of the provincial 2021 budget.

“To better support British Columbians living in condominiums and apartments, we’re offering rebates to make more buildings EV ready,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “With the highest uptake rates of EV adoption in North America, we want to make sure that more people supporting our transition to a low-carbon economy have easy access to charging infrastructure.”

Not all charging stations qualify for the rebate. In order to qualify, charging stations must be:

  • Ordered, purchased and installed after receiving pre-approval from BC Hydro and after the program reopens
  • Purchased and not leased
  • Approved for sale and use in Canada and have cUL, ULC, cETL, CSA, or cQPS certification
  • A Level 2 charger, 208 volt or 240 volt, and feature a SAE J1772 standard plug head
  • New, not used or refurbished
  • A hardwired charging station or plug-in charger model
  • A networked charging station that is connected to a central system via internet communication such as open protocol (e.g. OCPP, OpenADR or other) or a proprietary system (must be connected to a network for minimum of two years)

Unfortunately the Tesla Wall Connector is specifically excluded from the program.

However, it does qualify for the $350 rebate applicable to single family homes, including duplexes and condominiums.

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