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 EV charging station 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 EV charging stations 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.
EV 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 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.