Discover the most common purchasing options
Once you know what you’re looking for in a charger, the next step is to figure out which model you’d like to buy and where it’s sold. We’ve outlined some common purchase options below.
Manufacturers & distributors
Some manufacturers of electric vehicle (EV) chargers and other electrical equipment allow you to purchase a charger directly from them, and most allow you to purchase their products via electrical distributors.
Many manufacturers offer chargers for different charging locations – such as homes, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and more – and group them accordingly on their website for easier browsing.
Contact them via phone or email, or visit them at a location near you, to learn about which charger will best meet your needs and preferences.
An electrician can help you make an educated decision about which model is right for you, and they work directly with the electrical distributors that sell chargers. To save time and money, we suggest talking to your electrician about which charger will work for you during their visit to provide a quote for the charger installation work at your property.
Need an electrician?
We can help. Request an EV electrician referral and we’ll provide a list of qualified electricians in your area who are part of the Alliance of Energy Professionals.
General online retail
Some large online marketplaces have a wide selection of EV chargers for purchase. To be eligible for the CleanBC EV charger rebates, make sure that the model meets all of the eligibility requirements or is listed in our database of rebate-eligible EV chargers, ensure that the product listing is offered by the registered brand and not a third-party reseller or a counterfeit brand, and that the condition is new, not used or refurbished.
Check the manufacturer's website for links back to the online marketplace for reassurance any listings are legitimate.
Some large home improvement and automotive equipment retailers are beginning to sell EV chargers, but the selection of retailers with chargers in stock is currently limited in Canada. Call your local retailer or visit their website to check availability.
Most vehicle dealerships now include a Level 1 EV charger (and in some cases a Level 2 charger) for free when you purchase an EV. Check with your local dealership to see if this is the case.