Charging at home or office is one of the bonuses of driving an EV. Because I work from home, I am able to charge my vehicles between client visits. If you work outside the home, and are able to have a charging station installed at work, then you too can benefit from this. Having charging stations in the right places makes driving an EV even more attractive.
There are a few things you should consider when choosing a charging method.
- How fast can your vehicle accept a charge? Knowing this will help you choose the right charger at the right price point.
- How much time do you have to allow your vehicle to charge? If you can charge overnight, then a standard 20 amp house plug might work for you. If you don't have a lot of time, or just want the convenience of having your car charged up and ready to go, installing a type 2 charging station is a good choice.
- Can your house / apartment / office electrical panel handle the load? Depending on the charger you choose, you will need to have an electrician determine if your electrical system is up to the job. But don't worry, you can always add a sub-panel for your charger.
- Is your car outfitted for DC fast charging? If so, you can opt to buy a DC fast charger to save time. However this is likely not a good choice for many as it is still very expensive in North America.
- Are there public charging facilities available to you? Did you know you can charge your car at many GO Transit locations? There are also a number office buildings in Toronto with dedicated or shared charging stations.
Installing a charging station at home is easy. Start by consulting with a licensed electrician. Even if you decide to do the job yourself, you should have your work inspected to ensure it is installed safely. Once your charging station is installed we would love to hear about your experiences.