If you're a single-family homeowner with an EV, installing a Level 2 charger in your garage or carport, or near your driveway makes charging a breeze. So it's worth doing it right. To protect your home and your EV, we strongly recommend hiring a certified electrician who has completed the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training program to get the job done properly and safely – and to enable you to claim a rebate.

You can find a qualified electrician through our Alliance of Energy Professionals.

Assuming you've hired a certified electrician, here's what you'll need to do next:

Step 1: Home eligibility

Confirm with your municipality or Technical Safety BC to make sure that your home is eligible for a charger installation.

Step 2: Electrical service

Check to see if you've got sufficient electricity flowing into your home to support an EV charger. If you need to upgrade your service, learn about electrical service extensions and then contact BC Hydro's Express Connect team at 1 877 520 1355.

Step 3: Electrical panel

Check to see if there's enough space on your electrical panel to accommodate a circuit breaker for the EV charger. If not, you'll need an electrician to help.

Step 4: Charger

Choose and purchase an EV charger. If you plan on applying for a rebate, make sure you're selecting a model that qualifies.

Know your options: Choosing an EV charger

Step 5: Electrical permit

Apply to your municipality (or Technical Safety BC) for an electrical permit. If you hire an electrician, they will do this for you.

Step 6: Installation

Install the EV charging station. Remember that you must get a safety officer to inspect your electrical work before any wiring is concealed or connected to a supply source. Your electrician needs to complete the contractor consultation form after the installation is complete. You'll need this when you apply for a rebate.

Download form: EV charging station contractor installation form for single-family homes [PDF, 109 KB]

Step 7: Inspection

Have the installation inspected by your municipality (or Technical Safety BC). If an electrician did the installation, they will do this for you.

Step 8: Rebate

Submit your application for a rebate.

Apply now: B.C. EV charger rebate program

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