Public electric vehicle charging stations in BC
We’re working with municipalities and other organizations to build electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across BC so you have more choice and greater range when planning trips.
COVID-19 safety guidelines for public EV charging
At FortisBC, the safety and well-being of our employees and customers is always our first priority. As a critical infrastructure service provider, we’re doing everything we can to ensure our customers receive energy safely and reliably.
Our public EV charging stations continue to operate; however, if you can charge your vehicle at home, please do so to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here are some other safety guidelines to follow:
- Wash your hands before and after charging – we're unable to wipe down charging stations between every customer across the province. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after touching equipment, or wear gloves or use hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes if you’re unable to wash your hands.
- Maintain physical distance from FortisBC employees – to keep yourself and our field crews safe, please keep your distance to allow them to finish their work quickly and safely. Maintain a physical distance of 10 metres, if possible.
- Maintain physical distance from other EV drivers – please follow advice from provincial health authorities to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from others at the stations.
- Check PlugShare ahead of time for current conditions – some stations may currently be closed, for example, at provincial parks or municipal facilities. Stations that require repairs may be delayed due to prioritization of other critical infrastructure service needs, so we encourage you to check PlugShare before you go.
Learn more about how we’re working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at our facilities,
or call electricity customer service at 1-866-436-7847 if you have questions or to report an emergency (24-7).
FortisBC EV charging network
- In 2019, we installed 12 Direct Charge Fast Charging (DCFC) stations in nine communities including: Kelowna, Beaverdell, Osoyoos, Cawston, Rossland, Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver and Nakusp.
- These fast-charging stations will charge a compact electric vehicle in about a half an hour, as compared to a Level-2 station that requires about three to four hours.
- Once installed, FortisBC will own and operate two Level-2 charge stations and 17 DCFC stations.
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.
Partnering with communities
To support customers who are making cleaner energy choices for transportation, we’ve partnered with other like-minded organizations and communities to build a network of fast-charging stations in the Southern Interior of BC. For example:
- In 2017, we teamed up with the Community Energy Association to build five DCFC stations in Greenwood, Christina Lake, Castlegar, Salmo and Creston as part of the Accelerate Kootenays initiative.
- In 2016, we worked with the City of Kelowna to build EV charging stations downtown in the city’s museum parking lot.
- In 2015, FortisBC worked with BC Hydro to build DCFC stations in Princeton, Keremeos, and Penticton.