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We don’t want to get political here, but there has been a lot of talk in the news lately of a certain pipeline and rising tension with a certain province with which BC shares a border. It’s a complex topic that warrants a longer discussion than we have time and space for here. But in a way, it does pertain to us at BPM because there has been a big push and great incentives in the province toward electric vehicles (EVs). And with gas hovering above $1.50/L for the foreseeable future, it’s a movement that’s only likely to grow. Since we deal with electricity and the electrical industry, we have a lot of clients asking what the deal is with EVs and whether or not they should be getting involved. BPM Electric provides EV charger installation services.
Plug In BC is the organization responsible for pushing and keeping EVs in the public dialogue and getting the provincial government to start taking action on increasing the number of EV charging stations to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels. With more and more people turning to EVs, the need for charging stations is increasing, too. The plan is to make the transition more affordable, accessible and easy for building owners to offer charging stations to residents.
The main plan of action is called the Charging Solutions and Incentives Program. Through it, building owners or strata councils can receive rebates towards the cost of EV charging equipment and can get support services for planning and installing EV chargers.
The program sets up building owners with expert consultation, education and advice to see if they are the right fit. The Charging Solutions and Incentives Program will assign an EV Advisor who will:
- Present information to employers, staff, residents, or strata councils on charging EV installation processes, user guidelines within stratas and workplaces, and on the benefits of acquiring chargers.
- Provide a site consultation on your site-specific charging needs and options. These site consultations will provide a high-level review of your charging needs.
These consultations are not a substitute for an electrician, and that’s where we come in. BPM is proud to offer thorough electrical assessments and quotes for EV chargers installation.
Switching over to an EV is a big decision to make. It’s one of those things that a lot of people are curious about but hesitant to take the leap. And that’s understandable because people are still unsure about the technology and they are nervous about the availability of electrical charging stations.
In order to make the switch seamless for both consumers and providers, the province is also trying to make it easier and more cost-effective to purchase an EV. There are currently three vehicle incentive programs available to BC residents to help reduce the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle.
- The Clean Energy Vehicle Program (CEVforBC)
- BC SCRAP-IT Program (applies to new or used EVs if you scrap a car)
- Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive for vehicles not covered by the CEVforBC program (such as e-motorbikes, forklifts, trucks and buses)
There are also programs for fleets of vehicles like if you own a junk removal or delivery company and have a larger quantity of trucks or cars.
Benefits after EV charger installation
If the cost of gas is not enough to get you thinking about how an EV charger installation can benefit your life, here are some other points to consider.
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EVs don’t produce harmful greenhouse gases when you drive them. In BC, we are fortunate to have a grid that relies on hydro-produced energy, which has few upstream emissions so switching to an EV really has an impact in reduction.
If you haven’t driven an EV before, you’ll never forget the first time you do. After having only driven gas-powered cars before, you’ll notice the difference in acceleration and instant torque. And they’re so quiet! It’s a fun experience.
Design and Technology
There have been huge leaps forward in model design and technology. Most major vehicle makers offer beautiful EV models that are sleek and beautiful. They come in all sizes from SUVs to compact cars. And the battery technology is only improving, meaning they are more efficient and the charge lasts longer than ever.
This is the big question on everyone’s mind — how far can an EV reliable go before it needs a charge? As mentioned, batteries are only improving and the current range averages between 100-200 km. If you are an urban driver, the average daily drive is about 30 km so you’ll have plenty of charge left. Some vehicles can last more than 500 km, meaning it’s only going to get better for the average car.
Compared to internal combustion engines, electric vehicles are simple and have few moving parts. This means that there are fewer things to fix and fewer trips to the mechanic in the future.
This is the big one. As mentioned, gas prices are currently at astronomical heights. At more than $1.50/L, it is a shock to the system every time you need to fill the tank. EVs cost as little as $320 a year (a year!) to fuel — that’s less than $30 per month or $1 a day.
All this is to say that there is change coming our way and it’s always nice to be an early adopter. At BPM, we are proud to be involved in EV charging station installation and are happy to help with any questions if you are thinking about offering this service at your home or building.