Charging Solutions

Whether charging at home or at work : it takes just a few seconds to plug in.

For owners of electric vehicles, charging is done at home or at work 80% of the time. Two different charging options are available for home and work: Level 1 charging on a 120V outlet or level 2 with a 240V charging station. In both cases, a few seconds is all you need to plug or unplug the car on arrival and departure.

 

Level 1: With the vehicle’s portable device plugged to a 120V outlet

EVs come with a portable device that plugs into a standard 120V outlet. The main advantage of this option is accessibility: 120V outlets are virtually everywhere. This is the charging method that requires the most time; it is mainly used at home during the night or during the day at work.

 

Level 2: Charging station connected to 240V current

Most EVs owners acquire a 240V terminal for quicker charging and more and more companies are installing these charging stations for their employees. A 240V terminal must be installed by a certified electrician, but it generally does not require any modification to the power supply of your home.

Your dealer can offer a 240V charging station when you purchase your EV, but you can also choose another product. Several models are available. The Quebec government reimburses part of the purchase and installation costs: there is a program for residential stations and a program for business stations installed for employees.

 

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Quebec government programs:

  • The Drive Electric program reimburses 350$ of purchase cost and 250$ of installation cost for a residential charging station. Some conditions apply.
  • This program also reimburses 50% or up to $5,000 of purchase and installation costs for businesses providing charging stations for their employees. Some conditions apply.

Public charging stations: when you need to go farther.

While the vast majority of recharges are done at home or at work, EV drivers sometimes need extra charging options when on the road. For this, Quebec’s charging networks are already well established and new stations are still being added constantly. EV owners can count on four types of charging options when travelling:

Level 1: standard 120V outlet

Level 2: 240V charge station

Level 3: 400V fast charge station*

Supercharger: ultra-fast charge station (for Tesla’s only)**

* It is important to know while all electric vehicles may be charged on a 120V or a 240V charging station; compatibility with fast charging stations is not universal. When choosing your EV, you should ask about this, especially if you plan to take longer trips with your 100% electric vehicle.

** Superchargers and some 240V stations are designed specifically for Tesla brand vehicles.

 

Apps and web sites to locate charging stations

EV drivers use mobile apps to locate charging stations when planning a trip. If you do not have a smart phone, it is always possible to consult the websites. The two main applications used in Quebec are ChargeHub and PlugShare. With one or the other, you will be able to locate public charging stations and also residential stations that owners are willing to make available to other EV drivers. Apps and websites indicate the type of station and terms of use. The CAA-Quebec also has a map of charging stations.

 

Networks

Be aware that most public charging networks require a subscription for access.

Here are the charging networks in Quebec:

When travelling in the United-States, EV drivers look for these networks:

 

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