EV Charging

At home in a private garage / driveway, or at a designated parking spot / shared parking facility (common for apartments). At work at your office building’s parking facility, either reserved or (semi)public. In public along streets, on the highway, and at any public parking facility you can think of – e.g. shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc.

Regular Socket = 6-8 Hours


Charging Station = 1-4 Hours


Fast Charger = 20 Minutes


Charging times vary depending on: your current level of battery charge, your battery capacity, your charging station’s capacity and settings, as well as the capacity of your charging station’s energy source (e.g. whether it’s at home or an office building). Plug-in hybrids require 1-4 hours to be fully charged, while full-electric cars require 4-8 hours (from 0 to 100%).


On average, cars are parked at home for up to 14 hours a day, and at work for around 8 hours a day. With a charging station at your disposal, all this time can be used to top up your car to 100%.


Regular Electricity Outlet: Be warned if you’re charging your EV from a regular electricity outlet. Charging at home would require a specific charging cable that prevents power outage and overheating. In addition, you will also need to make sure the outlet is nearby your car, as you may never use an extension cable to charge your car. Yet even with these precautions taken, charging from a regular outlet is highly discouraged, as most residential buildings aren’t wired to carry high electrical draw.


EV Charging Station: This is the most recommended method of car charging, as it makes safe and efficient use of your car and energy sources (e.g. home or office building) capacity. With a charging station at your disposal, every time you hit the road you’re sure to have a fully charged car with maximum range. A charging station can charge up to 8 times faster than a regular outlet. This means that any EV will be charged 100% in just 1-4 hours.


Fast Charging Station: Fast Charging stations pop up most often outside cities and along highways. Despite being fast (it charges in 20-30 minutes), an average fast charger brings an EV only up to 80% during a single charging session.

In Canada the average cost per kWh is 18 cents.

 

Common battery sizes are around 50 to 90 kWh. Common ranges go from 160 to 500 kms.

 

Lets take the all electric Volkwagen ID.4 as an example. It has a battery size of 52 kWh and a average range of around 300 kms. It would cost 52 kWh x 18 cents to fill if battery fully empty. This being $9.36 CAD.

Yes. The electricity consumption of an average household goes up to about 3500 kWh per year for each electric vehicle. This is based on an average distance of 15,000 km per year. Additionally, thanks to solar panels, you can also opt to generate your own electricity during the day. This way, EV charging cost is dramatically reduced.

Yes and no. Just like regular electricity outlets, charging stations may have different outlets and connectors depending on the country where you’re charging and your car brand’s origin. Luckily, to make things less complicated, car manufacturers and most countries have now reduced the options to just 2 types of outlets and connectors. From the car’s side, a Type 1 socket is common for Japanese and American vehicles, and a Type 2 socket is common for European vehicles.

 

Note: all Tesla models have a specific type of socket in the US, whereas in Europe, all Tesla models are equipped with a Type 2 socket. From the charging station’s side, all chargers in both Europe and the US are equipped with a Type 2 socket. A charging station with a fixed cable is an exception; in this case, you would always have to check if the attached cable fits into your car’s socket.

Very little. Despite being an advanced technology, electric cars are remarkably simple to maintain. The same is true for EV charging stations. If installed properly and built modularly, every piece can be easily replaced. Charging stations with online connectivity also enable remote diagnostics and repair, so you won’t be left stranded in the rare event of charger malfunction.