Electrification is the process of replacing vehicles, heaters, and other equipment or appliances that use fossil fuels with those that use electricity as a source of energy. Electrification is being encouraged through rebates by the BC Government, the Government of Canada, Columbia Basin Trust, and FortisBC to reduce Green House Gas Emissions, reach climate targets, and decarbonize the environment to minimize the impacts of climate change. Electric Vehicles (EV) and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV or HEV) are leading the way in electrification.
Charging at Home
Please consider programming your EV to charge at home during non-peak electric demand hours of 7pm-7am.
For installation of home chargers please consult a qualified electrician to ensure all safety codes are met and consider the following questions:
- How much current (amps) will your EV use when charging?
- What is your existing electrical service panel capacity (e.g. 100 amp, 200 amp, etc.)? Can my panel support a Level 2 Charger?
- Is there a 240-volt circuit already installed and available for use, and if not, is there room in the panel for 240-V double-pole circuit breaker for a Level 2 charger?
- Will the charging station be direct-wired or plugged in using a 240-volt receptacle?
- How much will it cost you to change your home’s wiring?
- How much will your electricity bill be if you charge at home?
If you have any questions about EV charging at home, please contact Development Services at 250-352-8260.
Charging in the Community
The first City of Nelson EV charging station is located at the foot of Baker Street in Railtown near the Visitor Centre. This Level-2 charging station can charge two cars at a time. Eventually, there will be a cost for charging energy however, as part of encouraging EV usage it will initially will be a zero-cost use. Part of the choice of location was to ensure visitors who are charging their vehicles would be within walking distance of the downtown core. Nelson Hydro funded and installed this charger which was $36,000 and included provisions for special event power at the foot of Baker Street for the Farmers Market.
There are 3 levels of power to charge your electric vehicle. The more power a charging station provides, the faster it can charge.
- Level 1: 120-V electrical outlet, used when you can park your car for several hours at home or in the community. EVs require an adapter to connect to a household outlet. Plug-in hybrids charge within 6 to 8 hours.
- Level 2: 240-volt installed at homes and businesses for faster charging. 240-volt is equivalent to an outlet required for a clothes dryer or an oven. Plug-in hybrids charge within 3 to 4 hours.
- Level 3: Direct current fast charging (DCFC) stations are the fastest charge and are great for charging on long road trips. Some EVs cannot charge on Level 3. Please be aware what your EV requires.
Thanks to PlugShare, you can use the map below to find EV charging stations near you and plan road trips to make the best use of charging stations.
- CleanBC Go Electric: provincial government incentives
- PlugInBC: a provincial hub of information on electric vehicles
- PlugShare: an interactive map of charging stations
- Natural Resources Canada: learn about different types of EVs
- FortisBC EV Rebates: Nelson Hydro customers are eligible for EV rebates with FortisBC