Businesses looking to install EV charging stations can get up to five hours of free advice and planning assistance from an expert in EV charging and equipment.

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Follow these steps to install an EV charger for use by employees and customers at your business.

Step 1: Get permission

Unless you have authority over the building, it’s likely that you’ll have to get permission in order to start the process of installing EV chargers. 

To be eligible for rebates, you’ll also 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 an electrician

Hire a certified electrician, preferably one who has completed the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training program. You can find a qualified electrician through our Alliance of Energy Professionals.

Step 3: Select location

Determine where the chargers will be installed.

Step 4: Check your electrical system

Determine whether the electrical infrastructure in your building can accommodate the EV charging stations and make upgrades as needed.

Check to make sure you have sufficient electricity flowing into your property to support EV chargers. If you need to upgrade your service, learn about electrical connections and extensions here

Step 5: Contractor consultation

For you to be eligible for charger rebates, 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 apartments and workplaces [PDF, 110 KB]

Step 6: Rebate pre-approval

Submit a pre-approval application to get a rebate on the purchase and installation of the charging stations.

To meet our rebate eligibility criteria, you'll need to wait until you've received pre-approval from BC Hydro before you purchase and install chargers.

Apply now: B.C. EV charger rebate program

Step 7: Select chargers

Choose and purchase EV chargers that qualify for the rebate.  To be eligible for charger rebates, choose a networked charger from our list of eligible chargers.

Know your options: Choosing an EV charger

Step 8: Installation

Install the EV charging station. Your electrician will ensure that the necessary permits are obtained and that the work is inspected by your municipality (or Technical Safety BC) upon completion. Your electrician will need to complete the contractor installation form after the installation is complete. You'll need this form when you apply for a rebate.

Download form: EV contractor installation form for workplaces [PDF, 111 KB]

Step 9: Rebate application

Gather your documentation and submit your application for a rebate online.

B.C. EV charger rebate program

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Other things to consider before you start:

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