According to Electric Mobility Canada, the first quarter of 2018 showed a great start for completely electric vehicle sales (not including hybrids) in this country. There has been a marked increase year-over-year on electric vehicle ownership, and the trend shows no signs of slowing down. From January to March, 4,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold, a 120% increase over the same time period in 2017. In total, the first quarter of 2018 saw a 75% increase in electric vehicle ownership as compared to last year, with the provinces of B.C and Quebec reporting the highest sales.
Everyone knows that Electric Vehicles are the green choice. They obviously do not use gas, greatly reducing emissions and the use of non-renewable resources. In addition, electric motors do not require oil for lubrication, either, which also helps to conserve our natural resources and lessens the negative affects of improper disposal. And finally, electric vehicles don’t require as much maintenance and generally last longer, making them great value for the money.
What About Charging My Electric Vehicle?
Most garages with standard 120-volt outlets can support charging an electric vehicle, however, it will take longer. In electric vehicle lingo, a standard outlet (your standard, three-pronged plug-in) is referred to as a “Level 1” Charging Station. Depending on the type of vehicle you purchase it will take approximately 8 to 12 hours to fully charge your vehicle. For maximum safety, you should have an electrician dedicate a branch circuit solely to this outlet.
To prepare for the Electric Vehicle Revolution, homeowners and businesses may consider an electrical wire upgrade. What is referred to as a Level 2 charging station requires a dedicated 240-volt circuit, and it’s highly recommended you hire a journeyman electrician to do the job. There is a very high risk of electrocution if you attempt to install a 240-volt circuit on your own.
The reduction in charge time is definitely worth the upgrade. A Level 2 charging station can fully juice up an electric vehicle in less than four hours. In addition, the plugs are safer, having been specially designed to keep the prying little fingers of children out. They can also be installed with features such as timers, status lights, and apps that connect to your smartphone to let you know when charging is complete.
How Much Does it Cost To Charge an Electric Vehicle?
Enmax electricity rates vary depending on the type of plan you purchase. Presently, for a one-year fixed plan the cost is 5.89¢/kWh, for a three-year fixed plan the cost is 5.99¢/kWh, and a five-year fixed plan will result in a charge of 6.59¢/kWh. The three-year floating rate is currently capped at 6.8¢/kWh
Each electric car’s energy consumption rate is different, too, with some performing slightly better than others. Using the Nissan Leaf as an example, which has a consumption rate of about 18 kWh/100 km, it will cost from $1.06 to $1.22 to drive 100 km. Considering that gas is averaging about $1.18 per litre in Calgary right now, owning an electric car can result in some very serious savings.
Business Electrical Wire Upgrade to Support Clients and Employees
As electric vehicles become more and more prevalent, businesses and commercial enterprises should consider accommodating their use by installing several Level 2 charging stations. Currently, some Alberta Canadian Tire locations provide charging stations to customers, and there are several more scattered throughout Calgary. Providing a convenient charging station to electric vehicle-owning clients is the perfect way to incentivize a visit to your business.
Trust A-Star Electric of Calgary for all Your Electrical Services
Your home or business’s electrical system is integral to day-to-day life and work, and we believe in making sure your panel and wiring run as efficiently and conveniently as possible. Since we began operations in 2010 we have completed numerous residential and commercial jobs (see some of our favourites here), and are proud to have earned a solid 5-star rating from the Better Business Bureau of Calgary. Contact us today if you require an electrical wire upgrade, and we will be happy to help.