Electric vehicle ownership is more convenient than you may think.
Forget standing outside in the cold to fuel your car.
Think about charging your car in a way that works around your time and your location.
- At home
Charging an electric car or plug-in hybrid is mainly done at home. Home charging accounts for 80% of all charging done by EV drivers.
There are two types of home charging:
- Level 1 charging happens when you charge an electric vehicle (EV) using the charger included with the car. These chargers can be plugged with one end into any standard 120V outlet, with the other end being plugged directly into the car. It can charge 200 kms in 20 hours.
- Level 2 chargers are sold separately from the car. These chargers are plugged into a 240V outlet which allows charging 3 to 7 times faster depending on the electric car and the charger. All of these chargers have an SAE J1772 connector and are usually installed by an electrician.
- On the road
Public charging allows EV drivers to charge their electric cars on the road when they need to travel longer distances than allowed by their EV’s autonomy.
To locate chargers easily, you can use your EVs proprietary mobile app, the ChargeHub map, PlugShare or other apps dedicated to electric vehicle charging networks.
These apps allow you to easily find public chargers in North America.
The top electric vehicle charging networks near you,
- Petro Canada – Fast chargers coast to coast.
- Electrify Canada – Fast charging locations.
- Canadian Tire Locations – Host to various charging providers.
- Superchargers – Fast chargers for Tesla vehicles only.
- At Work
Workplace charging works very similarly to home charging.
It is offered by an employer to their employees. The employees therefore have access to parking spaces with level 2 or level 1 charging stations during the day.
Depending on your habits, charging at work could provide enough power for all of your travels.
- A longer electric range: When combined with home charging, workplace charging can double your daily electric range. For plug-in hybrids, you can use the electric motor for longer distances and therefore save money on fuel.
- Large savings on transportation costs
- Government incentives for workplace chargers
Charge your car at these three places that you already visit, and see how easy it is to incorporate EVs in your lifestyle.