Save money on gas with an electric vehicle by having an electric vehicle charger installed.
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Electric Vehicle Charger, Vaughan
Electric Vehicle Charger, Vaughan
Over time, car ownership can become stressful as the cost of gas rises and constant maintenance (oil changes, repairs, etc.) is required. With an electric vehicle, not only will you be able to avoid the long line-ups at gas stations, but repairs are as easy as an electronic system upgrade, and you can expect to save thousands of dollars on gas through electric charging. Like gasoline cars, charging stations are often found scattered throughout the city, but the great thing about electric vehicles is that with an electric vehicle charger installed into your home, you can charge your vehicle at any time at your convenience.
According to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, gasoline cars typically cost over $2,500/year to fuel. In comparison, hybrids that use both gasoline and electricity cost about $700/year, while vehicles that rely only on electric charging cost less than $530/year to fuel. However, not all electric vehicle chargers are built the same. As a baseline, a typical level 2 charging station will provide around 30-50 km of driving range with 1 hour of charging. This is dependent on how many amps of electricity is provided by the charging station, which will usually be indicated in the product description. 30 amps, for example, will provide around 48 km of driving range with 1 hour of charging, while 40 amps will provide 64 km of driving range with 1 hour of charging.
Electric vehicle owners that don’t have room inside or don’t have garages to store their cars in will need to have charging stations with outdoor functionality installed. This includes a hard-wired charging station (as opposed to one that plugs in) that utilizes an interior electric connection, with a holster to protect the end of the charging cord. Charging stations that are plugged in are usually slightly more expensive, but are easier to replace or repair. Some charging stations even have additional features tethered to Wi-Fi, such as app scheduling for charging, reminders, and tracking.
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 much do electric vehicle chargers usually cost?
The cheapest models tend to cost around $500, while models with additional features or Wi-Fi capabilities typically cost around $800. This is without taking into account the cost of installation, which can vary depending on the layout of your driveway or garage and how close or far it is from your electric panel. Installation can therefore vary from a few hundred dollars to $1000 for more complex installations that require more time or resources. Even so, the money you will save from regularly charging at home compared to buying gasoline will very likely make up for the cost of the station and installation over time.
Will the strength of a electric vehicle charger affect the battery life of my vehicle?
Level 2 and 3 charging stations are considered heavy duty, but there are ways of conserving your vehicle’s battery to reduce the need of having it changed. This includes factors such as physical load levels, reducing the use of accessories or temperature control systems (such as air conditioning and heating), or even changing your driving style, as aggressive driving tends to drain the battery quicker.
What should I keep in mind for electric vehicle charger installation?
Although you’ll be relying on the electrician’s best judgement for placement of the charging station, one crucial thing to keep in mind is its location and the cord length of the charger. Since you’ll be charging daily, consider the parking situation and where the charging port on your vehicle is located. Most charging station models offer 16-25 feet in cable length, although longer chargers tend to be a bit more pricey, they provide extra mobility.