About the program
Program expanded for apartment and condo buildings
Rebates are available to help homes and workplaces across B.C. get ready for electric vehicles (EVs). The program is funded by the Government of B.C. and administered by BC Hydro and FortisBC.
As of December 3, 2020, the program has been expanded to provide apartment and condo buildings with rebates not just for the EV chargers, but also for the electrical upgrades needed to make the building EV Ready.
Pre-approval from BC Hydro is required for EV Ready infrastructure and EV charger rebates. The program deadline is February 28, 2021.
What does ‘EV Ready’ mean?
EV Ready means getting a building ready to accommodate high levels of future EV charging. Specifically, it results in a parking space having a complete electrical circuit terminating in a junction box capable of providing Level 2 EV charging. Chargers can be installed in the future, as demand grows.
Options available to apartment and condo buildings
If your building is in the process of planning upgrades to support EV charging at its residential parking stalls, there are provincial rebates available to help. There’s the standalone EV charger rebate offer, which has been available since September 2019, and the new EV Ready rebates, which help subsidize the cost of planning and installing the necessary electrical infrastructure to support your current or future EV charging needs.
By taking advantage of the EV Ready rebates, you can reduce the cost per parking space for installing EV chargers (versus only installing a few chargers at a time), and it greatly simplifies the process to install additional chargers as more EVs are adopted over time.
Rebate maximums for each option
EV READY REBATES
STANDALONE EV CHARGER REBATE
- Up to $3,000 for EV Ready plan
- Up to $80,000 for EV Ready infrastructure
- Up to $14,000 for chargers
- Up to $56,000 for chargers ($14,000 per building, up to four buildings)
TOTAL: $97,000 per apartment/condo complex
TOTAL: $56,000 per apartment/condo complex
Rebate per charger increased for a limited time
*For a limited time effective December 3, 2020, the Government of B.C. is increasing the rebate you can get per EV charger. Offer available while funding lasts or until February 28, 2021, whichever is earlier.
Condos and apartments looking to install EV chargers can get up to five hours of free advice and planning assistance from an expert in EV charging and equipment.
How they can help
In an initial consultation, advisors will collect information about the location and the occupants’ charging needs, and explain different charging options. This is a high-level review, not a substitute for an electrician or electrical engineer. Advisors can also work with stratas and building managers to help them understand EV charging quotes from contractors.
If you require more than five hours from an advisor, they can provide you with additional services at an hourly rate. Request help from an EV Advisor via email.
In-person EV advisor services are currently suspended for the safety of the advisors and our customers. Support is available via video or phone call.
Pre-approval from BC Hydro is required for the EV Ready infrastructure and EV charger rebates. It’s not required for the EV Ready plan rebate. You’ll need to apply for and receive pre-approval before purchasing or installing any infrastructure or chargers.
To get your rebate, you must complete the project you were pre-approved for and submit your final rebate application within four months of receiving pre-approval or by February 28, 2021, whichever is earlier.
Make sure you have the necessary documents ready before you start your pre-approval application. Each rebate has unique documentation requirements.
Apply for pre-approval
When you have your documents ready, proceed to the application form. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the three-step application form. You’ll be asked to provide your contact details, information about your building, and the work to be done.
When you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation number via email.
Once you’re pre-approved
After we review your application, we’ll send you an email indicating whether or not you’ve been pre-approved. That email will provide a summary of next steps, including your deadline to complete your project and submit your paid invoices.
Get your electrician to complete the required document: One of the documents you’ll need to submit with your final invoices is a document that needs to be completed by your electrician. There are three variations of this document.
IF YOU'VE BEEN PRE-APPROVED FOR:
YOUR ELECTRICIAN MUST COMPLETE:
EV Ready infrastructure rebate (on its own or combined with other rebates)
EV charger rebate only (for buildings that have previously received an EV Ready infrastructure rebate)
Submit your final application
Once your project is complete, come back to submit your final application before your deadline. In your final application, you’ll need to provide:
- Your application reference number
- Copies of your paid project invoices
- A copy of the appropriate completed contractor form (see variations above)
Then, we’ll review your documents and if everything is sufficient, we’ll process your rebate payment within 90 days.
Ready to apply?
Once you have gathered the required documentation and are ready to apply for rebate(s), proceed to the application.