Electric Vehicles and Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Vehicles: BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program

Rebate programs from the Province of BC help make it possible for you to have an EV of your own. Learn more about these low-carbon vehicles and rebates available for both vehicles and charging stations through the BC Clean Energy Vehicle Program.

Visit pluginbc.ca for information about current incentives including the $5,000 Provincial rebate, charging station rebate, charging station locations, and answers to any of your EV questions.

In 2013 the District of Saanich installed 12 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with help from the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund.

 You’ll find two EV stations each here:

  • Saanich       Municipal Hall, 770 Vernon Ave
  • Saanich       Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Drive
  • Cedar Hill     Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd
  • Cedar Hill     Golf Course, 1400 Derby Road
  • Pearkes        Recreation Centre, 3100 Tillicum Rd
  • Gordon Head      Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way

Together, the region is installing more than 80 Level 2 stations.

Plugshare.com provides information on the location of stations, any fees that may apply and whether they are in use.

The stations use a simple card swipe system. Use a credit card or AddEnergie pass card to gain access. Get your own card for AddEnergie stations in Saanich and around the region.

EV charging at Saanich facilities is currently provided to residents for free, but you’ll have a 3-hour time limit.

A Shift in Vehicle Use

We’ve noticed more electric vehicles in Saanich. They make up a key component of the Saanich Climate Action Plan  as they can significantly help reduce emissions. Saanich cars, trucks and SUVs emit more than 200,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas each year. This makes up half of all community emissions.

Our 2020 targets:

  • 5,000 electric vehicles in the community.
  • 33% reduction target in community greenhouse gas emissions.

Public Charging Station Funding

The Community Charging Infrastructure Fund helped us add the stations.

  • It made $2.74 million available for 570 public charging stations across BC.
  • It covers up to 75% of the capital and installation costs to a maximum of $4,000 per Level 2 charger.
  • Non-profit Fraser Basin Council manages the fund.