EV Charging Station, Mississauga

Save money on gas with an electric vehicle by having an EV charging station installed.
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EV Charging Station, Mississauga

With government rebates/incentives, going electric for your primary mode of transportation has never seemed like a better option. Not only is it environmentally conscious, but an electric vehicle is an investment that can save you money on gas. According to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, the typical gasoline car costs an average of $2,500 per year to fuel. Hybrid electric vehicles in comparison tend to cost $700 per year to fuel, including both the cost of gasoline and electricity. For vehicles that rely only on electric charging, less than $530 per year is spent keeping it charged. This becomes significantly easier with an EV charging station.

Level 2 and 3 charging stations are available for public use, and successfully owning an electric vehicle involves planning your trips accordingly. However, with an EV charging station installed into your home, the hassle of re-fueling that comes with gasoline cars and the line-ups at public stations becomes significantly reduced. There is nothing quite like being able to leave your car charging in the comfort of your own home. Every electric vehicle comes with a standard and portable cord-set that allows you to charge anywhere as long as there is a regular three-prong outlet. However, this is the slowest method of charging. Charging from a station allows a quick and efficient way of fueling your vehicle.

To begin the process of installation, it is first imperative that an electrician checks that your electrical system is capable of handling the addition of an EV charging station. Your home’s electrical panel should also be checked to ensure that there is enough room for a breaker dedicated to the charger, and if needed, you may be recommended to get a panel or service upgrade. After this is confirmed, you will be provided an estimate for the work and can then move on to booking an appointment date. Keep in the mind the weather conditions when booking, since working with wiring can be difficult in freezing temperatures.

Contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information, to learn more about electric vehicle charging, and to inquire about having an EV charging station 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 do I best use my EV charging station 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 EV charging station put strain on my electrical system?

An EV charging station has a similar electrical load to a clothing dryer or a stove. To ensure that your home can safely accommodate the addition of an EV charger, it is best to have a licensed electrician check your system and panel.

What is the cost of charging at a public station 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.

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