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There are now more than 2,500 electric vehicle (EV) public charging stations in B.C., and they’re becoming much more common right across North America. Whether you’re filling up for your daily commute or a scenic road trip, B.C.’s clean electricity can power your journey.

Charging networks in B.C.

While the majority of B.C.’s public Level 2 charging stations are free to use, many require drivers to join a service network to access the stations. Once you’ve registered with a network, you’ll be sent a member card which you can scan at the charging station you want to use. Some networks’ stations can also be accessed using a smartphone app or a credit card. And obviously, if you register with multiple networks, you get access to more charging stations.

Currently, there are six main networks in B.C.:

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Here are some EV charging etiquette guidelines you can follow to help create a positive experience for all EV drivers:

  • Take only what you need and limit your charge to 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Stay close by in case you need to move your vehicle to let someone else charge.
  • Only park in an EV-designated charging stall if you’re charging or waiting to charge.
  • Don’t unplug another vehicle. If their vehicle is fully charged, carefully remove the plug from it and use it to charge your own, or hang it up and put it away if using the other connector.
  • When you’re done, neatly put the charging cord away so that people don’t trip or drive over it.
  • Keep the station tidy.
  • Be respectful and help your fellow drivers out. If you see a neighbouring EV with its charge port open, plug it in once your charge is complete. Note that this only applies in situations where charging is free.

Watch: Dave’s top 4 EV charging etiquette tips

Most public charging stations are easy to find via PlugShare, a smartphone app and website. You can quickly use PlugShare’s filters (network and plug type) to zero in on the stations that work best for you and your vehicle.

PlugShare is the most comprehensive, up-to-date tool for finding charging stations wherever you are. EV owners can add, review and edit station information – and even safely share their private charging station at home with other drivers.

PlugShare’s helpful maps include colour-coded station icons to highlight which stations are public Level 2 or fast charging, and often include valuable crowd-sourced information such as whether a station is not working, or detailed directions for on-site navigation in large parkades or parking lots.

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Learn about BC Hydro’s network

BC Hydro currently operates 70 fast chargers located along B.C.’s major highways. Learn more about our network, and how to use our stations.

Using BC Hydro fast chargers

If you’re new to using a fast charger, or need help we’ve got you covered. Visit our help centre for assistance with charging basics, questions about charging, and our mobile app.

Plan your next road trip

With the average range of EVs increasing and charging networks expanding across Canada and the US, it’s easy to take a road trip in your EV. We’ve made planning simple with tips and itineraries to help you make the most out of your next trip.

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Would you willingly spend 30 minutes in a deserted parking lot at 11:30 p.m.? Advise your child or loved one to do it?

Probably not, but electric vehicle owners frequently face that prospect when they need to charge a vehicle away from home.

It’s not uncommon for smartphone apps to send drivers to “public” EV chargers in the back lot of a closed car dealership, an empty corner of a big-box store parking lot, or otherwise tucked out of sight.

“These are less than natural places for people to want to stop on a long drive,” said Gabe Shenhar, Consumer Reports associate director of automotive testing.

Early in the current wave of EV adoption, one charger was in such a daunting spot that some women involved in the project called it “the rape charger” because the location felt so unsafe. The charger was eventually moved, but that spotlights problems that continue today:

  • EV chargers are frequently in neglected, backlot spaces to save money connecting them to the main utility lines.
  • As with many projects, women don’t have enough input on where the chargers should go.

“Visibility and safety are the table stakes,” EV advocate Chelsea Sexton said. “Nobody’s going to use a charger that doesn’t feel safe. Lighting, amenities, restrooms, things to do while you wait are important.”

Important, but rare.

There are several reasons for that. Most EV owners do the majority of charging overnight at home. That means many public chargers don’t get a lot of use. It’s hard to make them profitable if they’re used only a few hours a day, but it’s also hard to convince drivers to buy more EVs if they can’t find convenient, safe public charging when they need it, especially on long highway drives.

Planning a long drive on interstate highways recently, I found multiple instances where the only DC fast chargers available were in the lots of dealers that would certainly be deserted, and possibly closed, when I reached them at night.

“Grid-tied chargers are generally placed as close as possible to available power to reduce the cost of extending circuits” with trenches and wiring, said Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Beam Global, which makes solar power chargers that can be put anywhere. “Hence, many chargers are found at the back of the supermarket where the dumpsters are and where the power comes into the building.

“Early adopters of EVs will put up with this but mass consumers will not.”

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Superchargers, the network of proprietary DC fast chargers Tesla built for its customers, “tend to be in busy, well-lit areas,” Shenhar said. Other chargers, most operated by companies that get income solely from the electricity they sell, “tend to be in strip malls that are OK in the day, less so at night,” he said. “They’re not well lit, empty, have few services available. Women expressed concerns about safety.”

This issue will only grow as more EVs hit the road.

“While the majority of charging will occur at homes and places of business, there must also be reliable options for public charging,” Nicole Antakli, Charge Enterprises chief business officer, said. “Every consumer must feel comfortable when charging their vehicle; this should include the ease of the charging hardware mechanics connecting to the vehicle, payment accessibility, exceptional visibility, effective lighting and surveillance of the chargers.”

Volta Charging places advertising-supported chargers in highly visible places in front of destinations for shopping, entertainment and dining. Its thousands of chargers across the U.S. are recognizable because they’re smack in front of popular businesses and have video screens and speakers selling high-end services and goods.

“It’s a triple win,” said Quin Garcia, managing director of Autotech Ventures, an investor in Volta. “It’s free to the customer, the advertisers get exposure, and the business gets an amenity smack in front of their door.” Volta can afford to run high-voltage lines to its street-side chargers because it gets advertising revenue, unlike services whose only income comes from selling electricity.

Charging companies and automakers both have a role to play in ensuring charging is easy and secure.

ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are designed using cutting-edge hardware technology to be safe and reliable, while offering drivers a user-friendly, premium charging experience. We rigorously test all our products to ensure they are rugged and built to withstand the elements.

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ChargePoint AC stations offer reliable, all-purpose charging for workplaces, multifamily residences and fleet depots. These solutions offer businesses and property owners the opportunity to generate new revenue while providing a necessary service for drivers.

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The CT4000 is the ideal fit for property owners, businesses and municipalities interested in an EV charging solution for employees, customers, and residents. It provides a complete set of capabilities station owners need to manage every aspect of the EV driving experience.

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The CPF25 is designed for multi-family applications in which residents require personal EV charging. CPF25 stations are intended to be installed in assigned parking spots so each household has its own station.

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The Express 100 is the perfect solution for organizations that want high-speed charging but have limited space. Express 100 stations can be used around towns, in retail locations with high throughput and is ideal for auto dealerships to charge EVs for new and returning customers.

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“Having a Veloxity cell phone charging kiosk has not only pleased our customers but also created an operational efficiency for our businesses. Customers are no longer nagging our staff to charge their mobile phones.”

HR Bowling, Foxwoods Casino

“Las Vegas Harley-Davidson is very pleased with the performance of the Veloxity locker charging stations we purchased. The locker charging stations provide a service that is valuable for both our clients and our staff.”

Randy C., LV Harley-Davidson

“Having a cell phone charging kiosk with lockers has helped our New York City business tremendously. Our customers love the idea of having a safe place to charge their devices so the kiosk has created a lot of buzz around our brand.”

Raj Kothari, NYC Business Owner

“Overall great experience with Veloxity! The locker charging station for multiple devices was delivered on time and there was no installation required. We simply plugged the charging station in, and it started working right away.”

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“There’s nothing better than a company with a dedicated staff that cares. Veloxity has followed through from order placement to delivery and follow up calls to ensure sure my casino was happy with our phone charging kiosk.”

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“The phone charging kiosk with lockers helps us to stop customers that would otherwise walk right past. It provides a service that is relevant to most people. We get to talk to a client at least twice during the charging transaction.”

Today, the White House announced new progress on the Administration’s goal to accelerate and deploy electric vehicles and charging stations, create good-paying, union jobs, and enable a clean transportation future. This includes actions by federal agencies:

  • The Department of Transportation announced guidance on how grants can be used to deploy charging infrastructure and newly designated alternative fuel corridors;
  • The Department of Energy announced new funding and partnerships for charger-related research and development; and
  • The General Services Administration announced progress on the goal to transition the federal fleet to zero-emission vehicles.

In March, the United States passed the milestone of 100,000 public chargers (as recorded by the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuel Data Center) and these new actions will accelerate deployment to make driving an electric vehicle convenient in every part of the country.

To discuss today’s announcements, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited new, fast-charging facility near Union Station in Washington, DC. The charging stations were installed by an American-based company EVGo and enable EV users to recharge rapidly when away from home.

Most electric vehicle drivers will charge at home and work. One of the perks of driving an electric vehicle is never needing to go to the gas station. But public charging infrastructure will provide a key role for people without off-street parking and for longer trips. A robust, convenient, and affordable network of public chargers will increase confidence for drivers that they will always have a charging option when they need it.

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan includes a transformational $15 billion investment to fund this vision and build a national network of 500,000 charging stations. Through a combination of grant and incentive programs for state and local governments and the private sector, it will support a transformational acceleration in deployment of a mix of chargers in apartment buildings, in public parking, throughout communities, and as a robust fast charging along our nation’s roadways.

Charger installation and maintenance creates good-paying, union jobs right here in America that cannot be outsourced, and the American Jobs Plan also includes incentives to bring more charging equipment manufacturing to the United States. Every element of the plan will promote strong labor, training, and installation standards. The Biden Administration is committed to promoting high quality jobs, fair wages, and safe working conditions through its investments. This means holding both public and private recipients of federal funding accountable to create and support good middle-class jobs. Industry, unions, state, and local governments, higher education institutions like community colleges, and nonprofits will need to work together to prepare workers for the job opportunities these investments will create.

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  • Today, the Department of Transportation announced the 5th round of “Alternative Fuel Corridors” designations. This program, created by the FAST Act in 2015, recognizes highway segments that have infrastructure plans to allow travel on alternative fuels, including electricity. The first four rounds of designations included portions of 119 Interstates and 100 US highways and state roads. Round 5 includes nominations from 25 states for 51 interstates and 50 US highways and state roads.
  • The cumulative designations (Rounds 1-5) for all fuel types (electric, hydrogen, propane, natural gas) include 134 Interstates and 125 US highways/State roads, covering almost 166,000 miles of the NHS in 49 States plus DC. Of that total, the FHWA has designated EV corridors on approximately 59,000 miles of the NHS in 48 States plus DC. South Dakota and Mississippi are the only two states without an EV corridor designation.
  • The DOT also issued a new report clarifying how its programs can be used for EV charging infrastructure. Many existing programs have this as an eligible use and this guidance can expand how many funded entities take advantage of that. This could increase the use for EV charging infrastructure of $41.9 billion in federal grant funding in 15 specific programs.

Technology and Business Model Innovation

  • The Department of Energy announced new research funding opportunities on three EV charging related topics:
    • $10 million to research, develop, and demonstrate innovative technologies and designs to significantly reduce the cost of electric vehicle supply equipment for DC Fast Charging that will be needed in large number to support high volumes of EVs.
    • $20 million to accelerate the adoption of commercially-available plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and supporting infrastructure through community-based public-private partnerships that demonstrate PEV technologies (for cars, buses, school buses, trucks) and infrastructure in various innovative applications and share resulting data, lessons learned and best practices with a broader audience. Projects that demonstrate the ability to accelerate clean energy jobs or provide new electric transportation solutions to under-served communities are of interest.
    • $4 million to encourage strong partnerships and new programs to increase workplace charging regionally or nationally which will help increase the feasibility of PEV ownership for consumers in underserved communities (e.g., demographics that currently have minimal access to home charging).

    Progress on Federal Leadership

    • The Council on Environmental Quality and the General Services Administration are announcing early progress in response to the Executive Order directing the federal government to transition to a zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fleet. Since inauguration day, the administration has acquired more ZEVs than in the whole previous fiscal year. Additionally, we are on track to triple the number of total ZEVs added to the fleet this year compared to last. Installing EV charging infrastructure at federal facilities is a key component of the transition to a zero-emission fleet.

    These actions are a set of initial steps on the path the President’s goal of a national network of 500,000 chargers to support convenient and affordable travel by drivers of zero emission vehicles across the whole country.

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    Electric Citi Bikes may soon be able to juice up at existing docking stations rather than requiring labor-intensive battery swaps — a change that would reduce inequity, decrease emissions, and cut operating costs for the country’s largest bike-share network, Citi Bike honchos say.

    Citi Bike is in talks with ConEd and the city Department of Transportation to figure out a way, and at what cost, to connect Citi Bike docking stations to the city’s electrical grid in order to allow its e-bikes to charge. The current system is costly and inefficient — roughly 100 Citi Bike employees drive all over the city all day to swap out drained batteries.

    The Lyft-owned company says it’s launching electrified docking stations as part of a pilot program in its Divvy system in Chicago early next year, and hopes to do the same in the five boroughs — as long as it gets the support of mayor-elect Eric Adams, and from ConEd, to facilitate the connection and help offset the cost with public dollars.

    “Electrifying stations provides benefits for everyone: it means riders will have more charged e-bikes available, reduced emissions from battery swapping vehicles, and tangibly decreasing a major operating expense,” said Laura Fox, general manager of Citi Bike a t Lyft. “We look forward to bringing our learnings from our electrification pilot in Chicago to NYC and collaborating with city partners to make it happen here.”

    Citi Bike declined to say how much of the company’s budget is eaten up by manually swapping batteries, nor could the company put a figure on the cost of electrifying docks in New York. In Chicago, with its much smaller system, Lyft is footing the entire bill, even as it seeks public help in New York City because electrifying the curb is both “complicated and costly,” the company said.

    Citi Bike estimates that electrifying just 10 to 15 percent of its 1,500 docking stations — with 46,000 bike slots — would reduce the need for up to 80 percent of the manual battery swaps, according to the company (currently, docks do get some solar power, but it’s not enough to charge the bikes).

    Citi Bike currently operates more than 4,000 e-bikes, which make up just 20 percent of its total fleet (capped by city rules), yet are ridden three to four times more per day on average than the classic acoustic bikes, according to a company spokesperson. They are wildly popular and in high-demand, but often hard to find. And, of course, there are no Citi Bikes in Staten Island and in large swaths of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.

    Adding more e-bikes, and having them ready-to-go fully charged, is a matter of equity and accessibility, according to the New York League of Conservation Voters — nearly two-thirds of all rides across bridges or between boroughs take place on e-bikes, and 45 percent of all rides taken by those part of Citi Bike’s low-income reduced fare program — which make up about 8-to-10 percent of all roughly 160,000 members are on e-bikes, the company said.

    “E-bikes can really make the difference, in particular thinking about longer rides over bridges. We are supportive of pushing for more Citi Bike electrification, and as we move across expanding to more communities,” said Julie Tighe, p resident of New York League of Conservation Voters.

    The news follows a letter from Brooklyn Council Member Antonio Reynoso, who will take the helm as the next Brooklyn Borough President come January, urging Adams and his administration to expand access to e-bikes and greenlight dock electrification.

    Electric bikes are an integral part of our urban transit system & #sustainability! Thank you @ReynosoBrooklyn for calling for the expansion of @CitiBikeNYC's bike fleet & the expanded #electrification of Citi Bike stations across their service areas. pic.twitter.com/6N1CJVog7P

    — NYLCV (@nylcv) December 2, 2021

    Adams didn’t respond to a request for comment, but he has previously said he’d support setting aside public funding to fuel the growth of bike-share in the city. The idea is also widely popular among New Yorkers — a recent poll showed that 63 percent of voters said they support it.

    A ConEd spokesperson told Streetsblog that the utility company is supportive of the initiative.

    “Con Edison supports the shift toward electrified transportation and believes micromobility can be good for the environment and the quality of life of New Yorkers,” said spokesperson Karl-Erik Stromsta. “We are aware of Citi Bike’s interest, and we’re always open to learning more about ways we can help reduce the number of miles travelled in vehicles running on fossil fuels.”

    For both his four-year terms, Mayor de Blasio has dismissed investing public money into the transformational transportation system that launched in the city in 2013, despite doing so for his own heavily subsidized ferry system, with its city investment of a projected $600 million over the next several years.

    Meanwhile, Citi Bike is used by thousands more people a day, but doesn’t get a dime. Instead, the Lyft-owned Citi Bike pays the city for the parking spaces its docks occupy in areas where the city would normally charge via parking meters, Streetsblog has reported. During the height of the pandemic last April, Citi Bike use was was skyrocketing with an average of 23,071 rides per day, while the city-wide ferry service saw just 2,836 passengers per day in the same month, according to the New York Post and a Citi Bike report.

    And the city is similarly investing resources in car culture — it’s in the midst of a vehicle electrification push, announcing plans to install a whopping 10,000 curbside electric vehicle charging stations by 2030.

    Yet Citi Bike’s needs are on the back burner as the de Blasio administration heads to the exit. Recently, after Citi Bike reported an intense need for infill docks in Manhattan, the DOT said on it would allow the installation of just 683 more docks in Manhattan’s Community Board 3, despite admitting that 1,804 were still needed.

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    Cary, N.C. — North Carolina will be a centerpiece of Toyota’s plans to offer electric vehicles in the United States. And as more drivers opt for electric, the state will need more and more places to plug in.

    Kelvin Morara got rid of his gas guzzler in August in exchange for a Tesla. When he stops for lunch at North Hills, he fills his stomach and his battery.

    Where Morara said he was spending up to $65 to fill his gas tank, a charge costs about $25.

    ” I do a lot of driving during the week, so it just adds up and made sense if I just switched to electric,” he said.

    Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order in 2018 for the state to develop a plan to have 80,000 electric vehicles registered in North Carolina by 2025.

    Through Thursday, the state was at about one-quarter of that goal, with 21,000 registered electric vehicles. Wake County has the most electric vehicles: 5,769. Durham and Orange Counties have more than 1,000 each. More than 250 are registered to drivers in Johnston County.

    Jacob Bolin is program manager for Plug-in NC, a group that has been working for a decade to get North Carolina communities ready for more electric vehicles. He says access to chargers and the speed of charging remain challenges.

    “We really have to continue to work on building out infrastructure across the board – at workplaces, public facilities, multi-unit dwellings and apartment complexes,” Bolin said.

    There are currently about 1,500 public charging stations across the state. The federal infrastructure bill includes billions of dollars for states to build out that network.

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    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York Power Authority (NYPA) has installed the first fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) in downtown Saratoga Springs. The four new chargers are located at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

    The fast chargers, located in the parking lot next to Maple Street at the City Center, can be used by any make or model of electric vehicle. They can recharge most of the battery capacity in as little as 20 minutes.

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    Four new chargers have also been installed at Stewart’s Shops on Route 9 in Moreau — bringing the total to eight fast chargers in Saratoga County. NYPA has installed 52 chargers at 14 places across the state since fall of 2020.

    These new chargers are part of the EVolve NY initiative, which expects to have 70 chargers in operation and another 30 installed but awaiting completion by the end of December. Once the EVolve NY buildout phase is complete, NYPA said New Yorkers will be able to drive any EV across the state with fast chargers capable of recharging their vehicles in 15 to 30 minutes located every 50 miles or less.

    Other EVolve NY sites include John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGrangeville, Schodack, Oneonta, Amsterdam, Syracuse, Fairport, Geneva, Watertown, Malone and Schroon Lake.

    New York hosts 294 public fast chargers at 131 locations, although they range in speed and some would take more than an hour to recharge big vehicles. Others are Tesla-only.

    NYPA said the stations will help advance New York’s clean energy goals by helping decarbonize transportation and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050.

    HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – In the past year, there was a nearly 32% increase in the number of passenger electric vehicles in Hawaii, according to the state.

    But there’s a big disconnect when it comes to charging those vehicles up.

    “We have the second-highest electric vehicles per capita,” said Aki Marceau, Hawaiian Electric’s director of Electrification of Transportation.

    “However, when you’re looking at charging ports per electric vehicle, we’re the lowest in the country.”

    According to the Department of Energy, there are 363 public electric charging stations and 742 ports.

    Electric vehicle advocates say that isn’t enough.

    “I definitely think that the adoption of EVs is starting to outpace the charging infrastructure,” said Kianiwai Jones, the clean mobility director at the Blue Planet Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to advancing Hawaii’s mission to achieve 100% clean energy by 2045.

    Jones said ground transportation accounts for nearly two-thirds of Hawaii’s petroleum, and electric cars will play a key role in achieving clean energy.

    She said public charging is especially important for those living in apartments and condos who might not have an easy charge.

    State lawmakers have adopted requirements to push the state to be more EV-friendly.

    In Honolulu, new buildings must have EV-ready features. Hawaiian Electric offers charger rebate programs, and parking lots with more than 100 stalls need to have electric chargers.

    “Funding is a big part of it,” said Jones. “Especially when you’re retrofitting older buildings, it’s very expensive. A lot of these buildings just don’t have electrical capacity built-in to easily add the charging. So that’s a big big factor. Parking, availability, things like that.”

    “There is a lot of challenges to deploying charging in Hawaii,” said Marceau. “It’s at times more expensive to construct and to deploy infrastructure here.”

    But Marceau is hopeful for the future.

    She said Hawaiian Electric has about 25 public charging sites.

    But recently, the company filed a proposal to the Public Utilities Commission to expand their charging pilot program and allow for 150 public fast chargers and 150 Dual Port Level 2 chargers throughout their service territory.

    There are also at least $18 million coming from Biden’s infrastructure bill specifically for electric vehicle infrastructure.

    “It’s something that really needs to improve as we start to see more and more EVs on the road,” said Jones. “And there’s a number of initiatives that are currently underway to address that.”

    Pandey was addressing the media after an industry interaction meet organised by the Ministry of Heavy Industries in association with ARAI, SIAM and ACMA to share information about the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for the automotive sector.

    Referring to the challenges in EV adoption, including the time taken for charging vehicles, he said that charging is the main concern when it comes to the use of EVs.
    The government has chosen nine expressways where 6,000 charging stations have been sanctioned and about 3,000 will be installed soon, said Union Minister of Heavy Industries Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey. Referring to the challenges in EV adoption, including the time taken for charging vehicles, he said that charging is the main concern when it comes to the use of EVs.

    Pandey was addressing the media after an industry interaction meet organised by the Ministry of Heavy Industries in association with ARAI, SIAM and ACMA to share information about the production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for the automotive sector.

    The Minister asked the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to develop technology to reduce the charging time for electric vehicles. “The auto field contributes to about 14-15 per cent of GDP, which can go up to 25-30 per cent and can support the PM’s vision for making India a USD 5 trillion economy. The sale of electric vehicles has increased drastically in the last few months due to the various schemes and subsidies provided by the government,” he said.

    Pandey further stated that the Advanced Chemical Cell (ACC), which is the main component of the EV battery, is currently imported and about 30 percent of the cost of the EV is the cost of the battery itself. This can be reduced if it is locally produced, he said, adding that this is possible because about 70 percent of the material used in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries is already available in India.

    “With these newly introduced PLI schemes, the government is providing support up to Rs 362 crore per gigawatt in this sector of EVs,” Pandey said. He also highlighted the government’s FAME I and II (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme, which has now been extended by another two years to March 31, 2024.

    The minister said with the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme, it will lead to an investment of Rs 42,500 crore and will further accelerate manufacturing of components and batteries in India. “The government is providing financial support up to 8-13 per cent for auto component manufacturers and up to 13-18 per cent for EV manufacturers through the scheme. This will also facilitate the creation of about 7.5 lakh new advanced-level employment opportunities,” he added.

    The minister also mentioned that considering the increase in the usage of drones in coming years for various applications, the Ministry of Heavy Industries has sanctioned Rs 120 crore for research and other related work in this regard.

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    The auto field contributes to about 14-15 per cent of GDP, which can go up to 25-30 per cent and can support the PM’s vision for making India a USD 5 trillion economy.”

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    There has never been a better time for car owners to go electric. Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming much more affordable, battery range is increasing, and more models are hitting the market.

    EVs run at least partially on electric energy. Much like vehicles that run on fossil fuels such as gasoline or diesel, EVs include cars, trucks, and buses. EVs may run entirely or partially on battery power or on electricity generated from a hydrogen fuel cell.

    Benefits of EVs

    • Lower emissions
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    • Discounts on tolls (NYC bridge and tunnel and NYS Thruway)

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    • Level 1 Charge:
      • Up to 5 miles of range per hour of charging
      • Standard household outlet, Low voltage (120v)
      • Up to 20 miles of range per hour of charging
      • Mid-level voltage (240v), commonly used in large appliances like dryers
      • Over 30 miles of range per 10 minutes of charging
      • DC Fast Charging, the fastest charging option (over 480v)

      New York City is creating PlugNYC, a comprehensive network of publicly accessible Level 2 Chargers and DC fast chargers. Level 2 charging stations allow EV owners to charge their vehicles while parked at home, at work, or curbside. DC fast chargers offer a charging experience comparable to a gas station.

      Curbside Level 2 Charging Pilot

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      In New York City, where many people park their cars at the curb and don’t have access to a home charger, charging an EV can be a challenge. To address this gap, NYC DOT and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) are working with partners to expand access to public EV charging across the five boroughs.

      In partnership with Con Edison, NYC is installing 120 Level 2 charging ports at curbside locations across the five boroughs. The chargers will be in place for four years as part of a demonstration project, which will include an evaluation period. Installation of the Level 2 chargers began in June 2021. Use of the chargers will be managed by FLO.

      NYC DOT, with input from Con Edison, selects curbside locations based on projected demand for charging, geographic diversity, and input from local elected officials and community stakeholders. NYC DOT collected input from the public on where chargers should be installed. Business owners could also request an EV charger outside of their business.

      The curbside Level 2 chargers will come with a standard SAE J1772 connector that is compatible with most EVs. Tesla owners will be able to use these Level 2 chargers with an adapter that comes with each Tesla.

      EV owners will pay for charging on a per hour basis. The cost of charging will be competitive with the cost of gasoline for non-EVs. Customers will be able to pay by smartphone, tap card, or on the program website. These parking spaces are reserved for actively charging EVs. Non-charging vehicles may be ticketed by NYPD.

      Curbside Level 2 Charging Locations:

      As of 12/20/2021, 86 Curbside Level 2 Chargers are installed and available for use. Additional locations will be installed in coming weeks.

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      In September 2017, Mayor de Blasio announced a $10 million investment in EV fast charging stations. NYC DOT, in conjunction with MOS, is building a network of fast chargers across the city. These hubs will feature up to four DC fast chargers (three 50kW and one 150 kW) and two Level 2 chargers. Hubs will be in city-owned public parking lots and garages.

      The first two DC fast charging hubs are the Court Square Municipal Garage in Queens and the Delancey/Essex Municipal Garage in Manhattan. The City will continue to install DC fast chargers to support the growing number of EVs. More DC fast charging is planned for municipal lots in 2022.

      How it works:

      • An EV driver parks in a DC fast charger space
      • Driver begin a charging session via the EV Connect App or by swiping or tapping their credit or debit card on the charger
      • The driver plugs in their vehicle
      • The app will notify the driver when the vehicle’s battery is 80 percent charged (depending on the vehicle this may take 30 to 60 minutes)

      Notes: Each charger has CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, which are compatible with most EVs. Tesla owners will be able to use the fast chargers with Tesla’s CHAdeMO adapter.

      The fee to charge is 35 cents per kWh consumed. Drivers must pay for parking at the municipal lots. DC fast charger customers will have the cost of the first hour of parking deducted from their charging session.

      Plan your next Electric Vehicle (EV) road trip or find your closest EV charging station.

      The Queensland Electric Super Highway is one of the world’s longest electric super highways in a single state. Phases 1 and 2 of the Queensland Electric Super Highway delivered 31 fast-charging sites, connecting Queenslanders and tourists travelling from Coolangatta to Port Douglas, and from Brisbane to Toowoomba in a low or zero emission vehicle.

      The fast chargers are installed in convenient, safe locations close to major highways where there are existing amenities, such as cafes, restaurants and shops. The sites allow you to easily charge your EV, enjoy a short break and allow you to prepare for a safe onward journey.

      Increasing regional Queensland locations—Phase 3

      Phase 3 of the Queensland Electric Super Highway will extend the Queensland Electric Super Highway to link with more regional and rural locations. It will also deliver further connections along the Queensland/New South Wales border with 2 charging station locations planned at Goondiwindi and Stanthorpe.

      Once complete, Phase 3 will connect EV drivers across a range of routes—from Brisbane to Mount Isa (via the Dinosaur Trail locations), Goondiwindi to Emerald, and Longreach to Cairns. View a map of planned regional locations (PNG, 1MB).

      The 18 new fast-charging stations will be installed at:

      • Barcaldine
      • Blackall
      • Charleville
      • Charters Towers
      • Cloncurry
      • Dingo
      • Emerald
      • Esk
      • Goondiwindi
      • Hughenden
      • Julia Creek
      • Kingaroy
      • Longreach
      • Miles
      • Mount Isa
      • Roma
      • Stanthorpe
      • Winton.

      Phase 3 will enable Queenslanders and tourists to travel across the state and use any of the 49 fast charging sites along the way.

      Exact sites of the Phase 3 locations are yet to be determined, but once they are finalised, the specific locations will be detailed within the interactive charging map below.

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      Check the status of charging site locations through the Chargefox App.

      To access the charging stations you will need to have a Chargefox account. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

      View a map of planned regional locations (PNG, 1MB) for the Queensland Electric Super Highway.

      More charging stations

      As well as Queensland Electric Super Highway charging stations, there are many public charging stations available in Queensland and around Australia.

      Visit PlugShare, a world-wide EV charging station app and online tool for more charging locations.

      Safety at charging stations

      When using the charging stations, follow all instructions displayed at the station including:

      • use only as intended and with due care
      • only cables and cars which use the charging connections available can be charged at the stations
      • for DC fast charging use the cables attached to the charger
      • for AC charging use your own charging cable or adapter that supports the Mennekes/Type 2 socket
      • connect the cable to your vehicle’s charging point
      • activate ‘charging’ on the charging point
      • if you are unsure if your vehicle supports AC charging or DC fast charging please check your vehicle’s handbook before using.

      EV models in Australia must comply with the appropriate vehicle safety standards. EVs present no greater fire risk than existing petrol and diesel vehicles.

      EV charging options

      There are a range of EV charging locations available across Queensland with more stations gradually coming online at places including shopping centres, car parks, workplaces, and other locations, such as tourist attractions.

      You can charge your EV along the Queensland Electric Super Highway and at home if you have the appropriate infrastructure installed.

      Residential, workplace and destination charging tends to be classed as ‘slow charging’, with around 2.2-7 kWh of power provided. ‘Fast’ and ‘Ultra-fast’ charging generally supplies 22-350 kWh of power.

      The Queensland Government Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Practice Note assists government authorities, town planners, developers and landholders looking to install EV charging infrastructure within Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

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      Charging options along the super highway:

      CHAdeMO and CCS Combo Type 2 cables

      Type 2 Mennekes socket (BYO charging cable)

      Residential charging

      • Connection to general power point outlet or dedicated EV home charging equipment
      • Often referred to as slow charging.

      Workplace charging

      • As the public moves towards EVs, more workplaces may include charging infrastructure as an employee benefit
      • Similar infrastructure and charging times to residential charging.

      Destination charging using an AC charger

      • Charging using a specific AC EV charger
      • Charger needs to be installed (typically installed by businesses for patrons)
      • Often installed in carparks of shopping centres or other business locations.

      Fast charging using a DC charger

      • Charging using an electric vehicle DC fast charger
      • Fast charging for long distance travel
      • Installed along Queensland’s Electric Super Highway
      • Recharging can range from 10-60 minutes depending on the:
        • size of the battery
        • type of charger
        • type of vehicle.

        Recharging your EV with kilowatt-hours

        Instead of filling up with a tank of fuel in litres, EVs recharge their batteries in kilowatt-hours (kWhs). A kWh is a measurement of the volume of electricity – similar to litres of water.

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        Labelling requirements for Electric and Hydrogen vehicles

        Since 1 October 2020, registered owners of hydrogen and electric powered vehicles built after 1 January 2019 (or vehicles modified to be hydrogen or electric powered since that date) are now legally required to display specific labels to the front and rear number plates of the vehicle.

        By 2030, half of all light vehicle sales in Victoria will be zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs). Our Roadmap delivers the long-term vision to roll out this key driver of our clean energy future.

        The Victorian Government has released its Zero Emissions Vehicle Roadmap, supported by a $100 million dollar package of policies and programs that will ensure Victoria is a leader in the adoption of ZEVs in Australia and positioning the state to take full advantage of the emerging global shift towards this exciting technology.

        This package includes:

        • $46 million for Australia’s first public Zero Emissions Vehicle Subsidy Program – providing individual subsidies at the point of purchase of more than 20,000 ZEVs
        • $19 million to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure across regional Victoria and support the charging of EV fleets

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        • $20 million for a ZEV public transport bus trial – and a target for all public transport bus purchases to be ZEVs from 2025
        • $10 million to replace 400 vehicles in the Victorian Government Fleet (VicFleet) with ZEVs
        • $5 million to establish a Commercial Sector Zero Emissions Vehicle Innovation Fund
        • $298,000 for an ‘EV-readiness’ in new buildings study

        This package has been made possible by a zero and low-emissions road user charge – a charge that will be a fraction of the motor vehicle-related taxes and charges other vehicle owners pay and ensures all road users contribute to the upkeep of our roads.

        Other actions to help remove barriers to the uptake of ZEV technology, as well as leverage opportunities associated with the impact of this technology transition, include:

        • setting a target of 50% of new light vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2030
        • supporting further reforms to the National Construction Code in 2022 to make new buildings ZEV-ready
        • providing online tools and guidance to increase public awareness and promote uptake of ZEVs, including in corporate and local council fleets
        • establishing an expert advisory panel to recommend policies, enabling investments and timelines to support the achievement of the 2030 target
        • commencing work on an industry development and transition plan, exploring the opportunities associated with ZEV manufacturing, maintenance, repair and recycling.

        The ZEV Roadmap is a whole-of-Victorian-Government exercise, closely linked to the Climate Change Strategy and our interim greenhouse gas emissions targets.

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        Zero Emissions Vehicle Subsidy Program

        The Victorian Government is incentivising Victorians to choose to buy an ZEV sooner through the Zero Emissions Vehicle Subsidy Program, saving people up to $3,000 on the purchase of a ZEV and driving Victoria’s transition to a net-zero emissions future.

        Acceleration of Zero Emissions Vehicle Adoption Program (AZEVA)

        The Acceleration of Zero Emissions Vehicle Adoption Program (AZEVA) forms part of the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Roadmap. AZEVA includes a suite of programs ranging from charging infrastructure grants (both government and business fleet charging), a feasibility study and technology demonstration grants.

        Learn more about the programs under AZEVA:

        Destination Charging Across Victoria (DCAV)

        Closed/funding outcomes available Provides $5 million in grants to establish a public electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging network across Victoria.

        EV Charging for Business Fleets (EVCBF)

        Now open Provides $1.5 million in grants to increase electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Victoria.

        EV Charging for Council Fleets (EVCCF)

        Now open Provides $1.5 million in grants to increase electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Victoria.

        Zero Emissions Vehicles Commercial Sector Innovation Fund – now open

        Victorian business and industry are encouraged to submit an expression of interest for the $5 million Zero Emissions Vehicles Commercial Sector Innovation Fund (CSIF).

        The CSIF will provide grants to successful applicants to support innovative proposals which will increase business readiness or take-up of ZEVs in Victoria. Business will drive the scheme, with the best, most innovative and cost-effective proposals attracting funding to boost ZEV purchases in commercial settings.

        What is a ZEV?

        ZEVs do not use petroleum fuels, and therefore do not emit greenhouse gas emissions from the tailpipe. Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) are examples of these technologies.

        Why ZEVs?

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        Victoria is working to accelerate the adoption of ZEVs to ensure a timely transition to net-zero emissions by 2050.

        One of the biggest (and growing) sources of greenhouse gas emissions is the transport sector – in fact it accounts for 25% of Victoria’s total carbon emissions. ZEVs – using clean, renewable energy – can provide opportunities to achieve significant reductions in these emissions, while also reducing the amount of air pollution, making our cities and towns more liveable.

        ZEVs will interact closely with our electricity system – changing when and how we use and access the electricity grid, or our own household solar systems, and potentially providing new, mobile forms of energy storage.

        The journey to 2030, and to the ultimate goal of a fully decarbonised road transport sector by 2050, will involve significant challenges but also enormous opportunities for Victoria. These include social, economic, and environmental benefits beyond just emissions reduction – including industry development, new jobs, lower transport costs, improved air quality and enhanced community well-being.

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        ‘How do I know it’s actually working?’ Laughing Kamala plugs in an electric vehicle as she announces plans to install 500,000 charging stations across the country

        • The Biden administration released a federal strategy to implement an ambitious plan to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country
        • Vice President Kamala Harris announced the vehicle-charging strategy Monday at an event in suburban Maryland
        • Harris appeared at a maintenance facility in Brandywine, just outside Washington, where she also received a briefing about work to electrify the fleet
        • There, Harris was told she could charge one of the cars, saying: ‘How do I know it’s actually working?’

        Published: 12:03 GMT, 13 December 2021 | Updated: 18:12 GMT, 13 December 2021

        The Biden administration released a federal strategy on Monday to implement an ambitious plan to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles across the country and ultimately transform the U.S. auto industry.

        Vice President Kamala Harris announced the vehicle-charging strategy Monday at an event in suburban Maryland.

        Harris appeared at a maintenance facility in Brandywine, just outside Washington, where she also received a briefing about work to electrify the fleet in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.

        There, Harris was told she could charge one of the cars.

        ‘I was going to ask you if I could. And there’s no sound or fume!’ she marveled. ‘How do I know it’s actually working?’ she said laughing.

        The Brandywine site features electric vehicle chargers that currently are the only ones in the local area, filling what the White House called ‘a key gap in the region’s electric vehicle charging network.’

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        ‘How do I know it’s actually working?’ Vice President Kamala Harris said laughing while powering up one of the electric vehicles at the Brandywine Maintenance Facility in Brandywine Maryland during a Monday morning stop

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        Vice President Kamala Harris tours the Prince George’s County Brandywine Maintenance Facility during a visit to announce the Biden-Harris Administration’s Electric Vehicle Charging Action Plan

        During her tour of the facility, Harris noted the administration’s goal was to make ‘it absolutely make it accessible for everyone and easy. Just like filling up your car with gas.’

        The $1 trillion infrastructure law President Joe Biden signed last month authorizes the charging stations and sets aside $5 billion for states, with a goal to build a national charging network. The law also provides an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to support charging stations in rural areas and in disadvantaged communities.

        Harris renewed her call for Democrats to approve Biden’s $2 trillion social and environmental policy bill, now pending in the Senate.

        The bill, officially known as the Build Back Better Act, will cut the sticker price of new and used electric vehicles, among other benefits, the White House said.

        Republicans, including some who voted in favor of the new infrastructure law, have criticized Biden for being preoccupied with electric vehicle technology when Americans are contending with a spike in gasoline and natural gas prices.

        Biden last month ordered a record 50 million barrels of oil released from America’s strategic reserve, in coordination with other major energy consuming nations.

        Gas prices have fallen in recent weeks as fears grow of a possible economic slowdown from the coronavirus pandemic.

        Average prices on Sunday were $3.33 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association, down about 7 cents from late last month.

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        President Joe Biden’s administration released a federal strategy Monday to implement an ambitious plan to build 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles

        ‘President Biden, American families, automakers, and autoworkers agree: the future of transportation is electric,” the White House said in a statement. ‘The electric car future is cleaner, more equitable, more affordable and an economic opportunity to support good-paying, union jobs.”

        Accelerated adoption of electric vehicles for personal cars and commercial fleets would help achieve Biden’s goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emission by 2050 while creating thousands of jobs, the White House said.

        The effort also is intended to help the U.S. leapfrog China in the plug-in EV market. Currently, the U.S. market share of plug-in electric vehicle sales is one-third the size of the Chinese EV market.

        Biden has set a goal that electric cars and trucks account for half of new vehicles sold by 2030.

        Most drivers of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)—which include all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)—charge their vehicles overnight at home using AC Level 1 or AC Level 2 charging equipment. Residential equipment is frequently installed in garages, but outdoor installation and use are also safe, even if the vehicle is being charged in the rain. Outdoor installations require outdoor-rated charging equipment. Charging at a multi-family residential complex requires additional considerations and may be more like public charging than charging at a single-family home.

        Installing Charging Equipment in Your Home

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        PHEV and EV owners may install Level 2 (240 V) charging equipment in their homes for a faster charge, or opt for the Level 1 cordset provided with the vehicle as shown here.

        Many PEV owners will be able to meet their daily driving range requirements by charging overnight with Level 1 equipment, requiring no additional cost or installation, provided that a power outlet on a dedicated branch circuit is available near their parking location. For drivers with less regular schedules, or longer commutes, Level 2 charging equipment can be installed. State and utility incentives may be available to help offset the cost of charging equipment.

        The most basic Level 2 products have standard safety features and status lights. More advanced, “smart” Level 2 products have features such as data collection, user interface systems, enhanced displays, charging timers, communications capabilities, and keypads.

        Electricians can inform homeowners whether their home has adequate electrical capacity for vehicle charging. Some homes might have insufficient electric capacity for Level 2 equipment. However, homeowners may have a qualified electrician add circuits to accommodate the capacity needed for Level 2 charging.

        The City of San Jose, California, was one of the first to issue requirements for installing vehicle charging systems in single-family homes and duplexes, and explains the permitting process and location planning for a home charging unit.

        Complying with Regulations

        Charging equipment installations must comply with local, state, and national codes and regulations. Appropriate permits may be required from the local building and permitting authorities.

        You can learn about related codes and standards on the Codes and Standards Resources page. PEV charging infrastructure is considered a continuous load by the National Electrical Code (NEC). Your electrical contractor should understand and use the appropriate NEC for a safe and code-compliant installation. NEC Article 625 contains most of the information applicable to charging equipment. If possible, consult vehicle manufacturer guidance for information about the required charging equipment and learn the specifications before purchasing equipment or electrical services.

        In many areas, a site installation plan must be submitted to the permitting authority for approval before installation.

        Jurisdictions that have not yet developed a specific permitting process for residential charging equipment installations can refer to the permitting template.

        Electricity Costs for Charging

        The fuel efficiency of an EV may be measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles. To calculate the cost per mile of an EV, the cost of electricity (in dollars per kWh) and the efficiency of the vehicle (how much electricity is used to travel 100 miles) must be known. If electricity costs $0.13 per kWh and the vehicle consumes 33 kWh to travel 100 miles, the cost per mile is about $0.04.

        If electricity costs $0.13 per kilowatt-hour, charging an EV with a 200-mile range (assuming a fully depleted 66 kWh battery) will cost about $9 to reach a full charge. To compare the fueling costs of individual models of conventional and plug-in vehicles, see the Vehicle Cost Calculator.

        For PEV charging, the stability and planning benefits of household electricity rates offer an attractive alternative compared to traditional types of transportation. Learn more from the report: Comparing Energy Costs per Mile for Electric and Gasoline-Fueled Vehicles.