EV Charging Station, Oakville

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EV Charging Station, Oakville

One of the most convenient features of electric vehicles is that charging can be as easy as plugging them into any standard three-pronged outlet for top-ups. Similar to any gasoline car, the most common and efficient way of charging is refueling at a charging station, but the great thing about electric vehicles is that you can have your very own charging station installed at home. This allows you to charge quickly in the comfort of your own home, without the hassle of having to plan out trips and make mid-way stops. Don’t stop at going electric to reduce carbon emissions — with government rebates and incentives, having an EV charging station installed not only saves money, but is much greener.

In Ontario, public charging can vary in cost, but is typically by the hour or pay-per-use. Level 2 charging stations can cost $1/hour or $2.50/charge, with 1 hour of charging providing 30-50 km of driving range. Level 3 charging stations average at $15/hour, with 1 hour of charging providing 100-400 km of driving range — this makes longer trips viable for electric vehicles. Depending on your battery capacity and the speed of charging, a full charge can take anywhere from 2-10 hours. In comparison, charging at home with an EV charging station costs can cost as little as $1.45 per day, especially when done at night when the cost of electricity tends to dip.

A quick Google search will show the charging stations available in your city, and most electric vehicles have a built-in navigation system (like Google Maps) that can help find charging stations on the go. However, with an EV charging station installed at home, the likelihood of these emergencies happening is reduced as homeowners are able to leave their vehicles charging whenever, for as long as they may need.

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)

What kind of EV charging station should I have installed?

Some EV charging stations are plugged-in while others are hardwired. The ones that plug in are powered by a standard outlet and typically cost more, but are easier to repair or replace in case of accidents. Meanwhile, hardwired charging stations have a direct electric connection to the home. The type of charging station needed can depend on whether it will be installed inside or outside the home. For outdoor installations, a hardwired EV charging station is recommended.

How does cord charging differ from charging with a station?

Level 1 cord charging (or “trickle charging”) is useful for top-ups or if you plan to leave your vehicle plugged in for long periods of time, but since it’s likely that you’ll be using your vehicle and charging it on a daily basis, using a level 2 or 3 charging station allows you to charge faster and more efficiently. A charging station fills your battery up at nearly two times speed.

What are some features I can expect for my EV charging station?

Some EV charging stations have features dependent on the availability of Wi-Fi connection. With electric vehicles that have Wi-Fi capabilities, you can install an app provided by the manufacturer that will allow you to track charging, set up scheduled or remote charging, and more. With these charging stations, it’s important that the Wi-Fi signal is strong enough to reach the station.

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