Nelson Hydro is excited to be part of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging in our community. Here are some factors to consider for charging EVs at home. As always, please consult a qualified electrician to ensure all safety codes are met.
- 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.)?
- 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?
- 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?
Charging in the Community
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