Usage At Charging Stations In British Columbia Doubles From August 2013 To August 2014

3 years ago by Mark Kane 1

Electric vehicle fast charge station in Squamish. BC's charging network includes both Level 2 charging stations and DC fast chargers available to the public across BC.

Electric vehicle fast charge station in Squamish. BC’s charging network includes both Level 2 charging stations and DC fast chargers available to the public across BC.

Nissan LEAF and charging station in British Columbia

Nissan LEAF and charging station in British Columbia

Fraser Basin Council and Powertech Labs announced that British Columbia’s public electric vehicle charging stations attracts more and more EVs each and every day.

British Columbia has ~ 550 AC Level 2 charging points and nine DC fast chargers, from which some 350 are tracked by Powertech Labs, a BC Hydro subsidiary.

Data indicates that the number of vehicle charging sessions at those stations doubled between August 2013 and August 2014 from 1,684 to 3,745.

Mark Dubois-Phillips, Director of Smart Utility Services at Powertech Labs stated:

“Over 40,000 charging sessions were reported in the first year the network has been active. There were 1,684 charging sessions during the month of August 2013, and by August 2014 the number rose 120% to 3,745 monthly sessions. It’s off to a good start.”

This is still a low rate, at which the average station is used only once every few days, but it’s promising to see usage growing.

According to the press release, there are ~1,300 electric cars in B.C.

Here is what we found at the evCloud website:

Usage At Charging Stations In British Columbia Doubles From August 2013 To August 2014

Usage At Charging Stations In British Columbia Doubles From August 2013 To August 2014

“The Fraser Basin Council and Powertech Labs are participants in Plug in BC, an initiative led by the Province of B.C. over the past three years to lay the groundwork for electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in British Columbia. In 2012 a provincial incentive helped public and private sector organizations buy and install EV charging stations across B.C. for public or fleet use. As a result, 550 Level 2 charging stations have been operational since mid-2013.”

“Plug in BC is a collaborative initiative — led by the Province of BC (BC Ministry of Energy and Mines) and BC Hydro — to help lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure in British Columbia.”

Environment Minister Mary Polak commented:

“B.C.’s extensive network of public electric vehicle charging stations helps drivers enjoy the benefits of electric driving and be confident they can charge-up on the road as well as at home. This investment by the B.C. government in our transportation infrastructure was timely as a growing number of people are now interested in plug-in electric vehicles as a way to save fuel costs, cut pollution and decrease their dependence on fossil fuels.”

Jim Vanderwal, senior program manager at the Fraser Basin Council remarked:

“From the individual station data so far, the busiest stations appear to be in high-traffic hubs, especially in urban and suburban malls and downtown shopping areas, including those in smaller towns,”.

“The first electric car rolled out in B.C. just two years ago. There are now about 1,300 on the road and the numbers are growing steadily. We expect all stations to see more use by business travellers, tourists and local residents over next few years as the EV market expands. Communities and businesses in BC recognized early that charging stations are an important infrastructure investment.”

Oskar Kwieton, Director of Facilities for Shape Property Management, which operates several shopping centers in the Lower Mainland that host EV stations, including Brentwood Town Centre and Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby, Highstreet and Parallel Marketplace in Abbotsford and Jericho Village in Vancouver, stated:

“We are now seeing an average of over 50 charges per week at our sites. There has been positive feedback and increasingly strong uptake by customers since we installed the chargers last year.”

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One response to "Usage At Charging Stations In British Columbia Doubles From August 2013 To August 2014"

  1. David Murray says:

    This seems about like the stations around here in DF/W. Most of them only get used once every few days. I think the EV market will need to be about 10x larger than it is today before these companies will really start to be profitable. That doesn’t mean sales will have to be 10x higher. Rather the number of vehicles actually on the roads which will be cumulative sales year after year. So, 10x on the road probably is only a few years away.