BC Hydro to develop electric vehicle guidelines


Bob Elton,
President & CEO,
BC Hydro
Vancouver, BC, Canada — (METERING.COM) — March 11, 2009 – BC Hydro has launched a project to develop guidelines for the infrastructure required for charging electric vehicles at homes, businesses and on public streets.

With major auto manufacturers having announced plans to introduce electric vehicles in the coming year, BC Hydro wishes to ensure the province is prepared for the commercialization of these vehicles, the company says in a statement.

BC Hydro has contracted electric vehicle solution developer, Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (eTec), a subsidiary of ECOtality, to detail the necessary actions for deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

"This will allow BC Hydro to anticipate the potential introduction of clean electric vehicles throughout BC," said Bob Elton, BC Hydro President and CEO. "By proactively determining the appropriate guidelines for electric vehicles charging infrastructure, BC Hydro is streamlining the process for consumer adoption of clean electric vehicles."

The guidelines developed by eTec will result in an industry blueprint for implementing infrastructure and installing the appropriate equipment for electric vehicles. BC Hydro anticipates the report on the guidelines to be completed by the end of April.

The project is part of the Plug-In Vehicle Program led by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources that will test vehicles that rely primarily on electricity rather than fossil fuels as an energy source. The program includes BC Hydro, the B.C. Transmission Corporation, and the City of Vancouver, among others.

With transportation accounting for 38 percent of provincial greenhouse gas emissions, the potential of electric cars to reduce these emissions is significant.