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.
Quebec government programs:
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
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: