Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How do I best use my electric vehicle charger for optimal results?
Most people leave their electric vehicles charging overnight, which is not only convenient, but reduces the cost of charging since the cost of electricity tends to dip during the night. It is also proven to be greener. Conserving the battery of your vehicle also reduces the amount of times you will have to charge it, which can be dependent on a number of factors, such as the load levels, accessories in use, and the use of temperature control systems.
Will adding an electric vehicle charger put strain on my electrical system?
An electric vehicle charger has a similar electrical load to a clothing dryer or a stove. To ensure that your home can safely accommodate the addition of an electric vehicle charger, it is best to have a licensed electrician check your system and panel.
What is the cost of charging at a public electric vehicle charger vs. charging at home?
In Ontario, the cost of charging at a public level 2 station can vary in cost, but is usually measured as pay-per-use at a rate of $1/hour or $2.50/charge. Public level 3 stations charge on average $15/hour. In comparison, charging at home typically costs $1.45 per night without the hassle of having to ratio your trips. Charging at home also allows the convenience of paying one electric bill.