If you're a condo or apartment resident (or group of residents) looking to install EV charging stations in your building, it can be difficult to know where to start. Luckily, you can now you get up to five hours of free advice and planning assistance from an expert in EV charging and equipment.
Follow these steps to install an EV charger for use by residents in your building.
Step 1: Permission
Obtain written permission from the building owner, if necessary. If you want to be eligible for rebates, you’ll need to complete the proof of approval form to validate that you have obtained permission from the individual or group with authority over the property.
Download form: Proof of approval to install electric vehicle (EV) charging [PDF, 95 KB]
Step 2: Hire electrician
Step 3: Location
Determine where the chargers will be installed.
Step 4: Electrical system
Determine whether the electrical infrastructure in your building can accommodate the EV charging stations and make upgrades as needed.
Check to see if you've got sufficient electricity flowing into your property to support EV chargers. Learn about this process here.
Step 5: Consultation form
If you want to qualify for BC Hydro's charger rebate program, your electrician will need to complete a contractor consultation form. Be aware that this may not be completed during their preliminary visit. You'll need to include the completed form when you submit your pre-approval application.
Download form: EV contractor consultation form for condos/apartments and workplaces [PDF, 110 KB]
Step 6: Rules
Review any rules and bylaws in place at your building and plan to make any changes that may be required.
Step 7: Agreement
Establish a framework for user agreements with residents. You may need to consult with a lawyer.
Step 8: Rebate pre-approval
Submit a pre-approval application to get a rebate on the purchase and installation of the charging stations.
Apply now: B.C. EV charger rebate program
Step 9: Chargers
Choose and purchase EV chargers that qualify for the incentive.
Know your options: Choosing an EV charger
Step 10: Installation
Install the EV charging station. Your electrician will ensure that the necessary permits are obtained and that upon completion the work is inspected by your municipality (or Technical Safety BC). Your electrician needs to complete the contractor installation form after the installation is complete. You'll need this when you apply for a rebate.
Download form: EV charger contractor installation form for apartments/condos [PDF, 114 KB]
Step 11: Rebate
Submit a rebate application.
Does your building have enough electricity to charge EVs?
Part of the process to determine your charging options is to find out if your building has sufficient electrical capacity to accommodate the additional load from EV charging. By using BC Hydro metering data, an engineer and/or electrical contractor can perform a load calculation to determine if your electrical system has sufficient capacity.
You can gather the metering data via the relevant process below.
For buildings with 10 or more units:
- Request 12 months of hourly consumption data for the entire building by submitting a Request for customer load data form [PDF, 65 KB]
- Send the completed form to email@example.com
- If the request form is completed by a third party (e.g. an electrician), they must complete the indicated sections to verify that they have approval to do so
For buildings with fewer than 10 units:
- Ask each resident to provide you with hourly consumption data for the last 12 months, which they can access via the data export centre
- Ask the individual or group that manages the property’s common area for hourly consumption data for the last 12 months
Once you have the current electricity data, work with your electrician or engineer to determine if there is sufficient capacity remaining to support the EV charging infrastructure you’re planning to add, or if you need to modify your electrical service.
If you need to upgrade your service, learn about new electrical connections and extensions and the costs associated with these.