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ECOtality to Develop EV Infrastructure Guidelines for British Columbia

Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a wholly owned subsidiary of ECOtality, Inc., has been contracted by British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) to develop electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure guidelines for the planning, design and installation of charging infrastructure for plug-in electric vehicles.

eTec’s work for BC Hydro will result in a blueprint that details the necessary actions and components for deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure for a full range of charging scenarios.

The outcome of this contract will result in an industry blueprint for implementing infrastructure to support electric transportation and will provide standards and guidelines to streamline the task of installing the appropriate equipment for residential and fleet EV customers. These guidelines will be applicable to several charging scenarios, including:

  • Single Detached Dwellings (with garage, carport, street parking, etc.)
  • Multi-Family Dwellings
  • Commercial Employee Parking
  • Commercial Fleets
  • Commercial Public Access
  • Public/Curbside

eTec will provide extensive evaluation of existing codes and standards that apply within British Columbia and compare them to those set forth by the US National Electrical Code. This will help automobile companies, equipment manufacturers and installers recognize the difference that may exist between the two nations. eTec will also assess the relative infrastructure requirements for various plug-in vehicle technologies to assist infrastructure installers in identifying the appropriate level of charging needed for the expected and desired charge periods. Additionally, eTec will work closely with BC Hydro to determine the utility interconnection requirements for grid-to-vehicle charging and vehicle-to-grid load management scenarios.



Install 220V 50A, circuits just like for a washing machine or dryer. Not that difficult. When the number of EV-type vehicles actually sold equals 250,000, it may be time to discuss other standards.

Although we already have them.

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