B.C. Hydro wants to raise EV charging fees, but customers say the time-based fees are unfair

Rick Butzelaar bought an electric vehicle less than two months ago and the savings so far have been significant, he says.

However, the resident of Nanaimo — on Vancouver Island, about 111 kilometres north of Victoria — doesn’t have a home charger, and a recent bid by B.C. Hydro to increase public charging rates has him concerned.

The provincial Crown corporation wants to raise rates at public electric vehicle charging stations by 15 per cent from Sept. 1, which the company says would allow it to recover the costs of providing them over 10 years.

Some consumers say the proposed rate hike would reduce the incentive for others to make the switch to an

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