January 13, 2020
BCSEA’s most recent legal argument at the BC Utilities Commission supports conversion of fleets of vehicles and vessels from fossil fuels to clean electricity.
Individual electric vehicles are already on the road in BC, and more are on the way. Next to come are whole fleets of electric vehicles such as transit buses and delivery trucks, and electric vessels such as ferries. But there’s a glitch.
BC Hydro’s rate structure is not designed for the unique characteristics of the electric load for charging these EV fleets. The current rate structure would be prohibitively expensive for a fleet owner looking to convert to EVs. To solve this problem, BC Hydro recently proposed two rates specifically for charging fleet EVs. One is for overnight charging in fleet depots. The other is for EV fleets that require recharging all times of the day.
BCSEA told the Commission that approval of the fleet electrification rates would remove a substantial barrier to low-carbon electrification of one segment of the transportation sector in BC. BCSEA argued that the proposed rates are justified in terms of economics and cost of service.
The fleet electrification rates apply only to fleet EV charging, not to public fast charging. Public EV fast charging also has economic challenges due to the cost of electricity supply. However, public EV fast charging is due to be addressed by the BC government’s long-awaited legal directions flowing from the Commission’s report on its Inquiry into the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Service.
Hopefully, the Commission’s decision on the fleet electrification rates will come within a couple of months.
BCSEA Argument in support of fleet electrification rates
BCUC Proceeding on Fleet Electrification Rates
BCUC Inquiry into Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Service