All electric cars need to be charged by plugging in. You can recharge using a standard wall socket or an EV charging station. The time it takes to fully charge is based on the level, or speed, of charging and how full the battery is.
Charge Using a Regular Wall Socket (Level 1)
1 Hour of Charging ~ 8 km of Driving Range
All EV models come standard with a portable cord-set that lets you charge using any standard household outlet. This is called Level 1 charging and is the slowest speed of charging, but ensures that no matter where you are, you can always recharge.
If you are driving a plug-in hybrid, it is possible that Level 1 charging is all you really need. Level 1 will fully recharge most plug-in hybrids on the market over-night.
Charge Using an EV Charging Station (Level 2)
1 Hour of Charging ~ 30 km of Driving Range
The most common way to charge. This is called Level 2 and most EV drivers will install a Level 2 charging station at home. All electric cars and charging stations sold in North America use the same plug standard, which means any car can use any Level 2 station across Canada and the United States.
Level 2 stations have similar electrical requirements to a clothes dryer or stove (240 Volts/30 Amps) and any certified electrician can install them. Plug'n Drive offers a full range of Level 2 charging station products through our Charge My Car online store.
The Best Time to Charge
The Best Time to Charge is at Night when the Cost of Electricity is Lowest
Many jurisdictions offer "peak-pricing" on electricity. This means that electricity is more expensive during the day when the demand is highest and less expensive during the night when the demand is lowest. This is excellent news for EV drivers because during the night is also the most convenient time to charge. Get home, plug-in and wake-up to a full battery of low-cost electricity.
Finding an Electrician
Charging stations have similar electrical requirements to a clothes dryer or stove (240 Volts/30 Amps) and any licensed electrician can install them. The cost to install a charging station can vary dramatically from case to case and we strongly advise having two or three electricians visit and assess your property to provide an installation quote. The links below can help you find a licensed electrician in your area:
British Columbia: Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia
Manitoba: Electrical Association of Manitoba
New Brunswick: Electrical Contractors Association of New Brunswick
Nova Scotia: No industry association. Contact Nova Scotia Power
Newfoundland: No industry association. Contact Newfoundland Power
Ontario: Electrical Safety Authority
Saskatchewan: Electrical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan