Save money on gas with an electric vehicle by having an electric vehicle charger installed.
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Electric Vehicle Charger, Etobicoke
Electric Vehicle Charger, Etobicoke
Charging an electric vehicle shouldn’t be a chore. Although public charging stations can be readily available, there is nothing quite like being able to safely leave your electric vehicle to charge in the comfort of your own home. Any certified electrician can install an electric vehicle charger, so you can charge any time as long as your car is plugged in. Government rebates and incentives have also made it easier to own and charge an electric vehicle.
For quick top-ups, level 1 charging is as easy as plugging your vehicle into a standard electrical outlet. However, long-term and consistent vehicle use becomes much more demanding. In these situations, a level 2 electric vehicle charger will be more than enough, as a 1 hour charge provides 30-50 km of driving range. A level 2 home charging station conveniently uses a 240-volt system, which is about the same as a stove or a clothing dryer. Although not incredibly heavy, the load is still significant — this is why hiring a licensed electrician to get the job done is all the more important. A licensed electrician will be able to confirm that your electrical service and panel can accommodate the addition of an electric vehicle charger.
Like many other electric jobs, contacting an electrical contractor is the first step to starting the process of installation. The process can vary depending on whether you have a single-family home or an apartment/condo. For apartments/condos or rented properties in general, the process is much more complicated, since you’ll likely have to get permissions, review building rules, and sign agreements. For property that you own, an electrician will likely begin by confirming that your electrical service is sufficient. From there, installation depends on other variables such as the location of your parking and how much distance there is from your electrical panel.
Contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information, to learn more about electric vehicle charging, and to inquire about having an electric vehicle charger installed in your home! We operate within the GTA to ensure that your vehicle and your home are functioning at the highest possible capacity.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How long does it take to charge a car with a level 2 electric vehicle charger?
Charging times can vary depending on the model of your car and its battery capacity. However, a level 2 charging station can work as quick as 2 hours to fully charge your vehicle, with the longest usually being around 10 hours. Most electric vehicle owners leave their vehicles charging overnight while they sleep, which is also useful since it can reduce the electrical cost of charging.
How can I preserve my car’s battery with constant electric vehicle charging?
Although you can plan your trips according to the battery level indicated on your dashboard, batteries have a limited lifespan before they need to be changed. Level 2 and 3 chargers work to quick-charge batteries to 80% capacity before slowing down the last 20% capacity to take advantage of the ‘grace period’, but this can dwindle over time. Preserving your battery can be done by changing factors such as driving style or how much you use climate control systems (such as air conditioning and heating). This can prevent the battery from draining faster, reducing the amount of times that you will have to recharge.
What should I keep in mind when having an electric vehicle charger installed?
It is best to check weather conditions before booking an installation date. Especially for Canadians, cold winter days are not uncommon and working with wiring can become complicated during frigid temperatures, as it can affect the flexibility of the material. To save the hassle an additional visit, it’s best to plan accordingly.