Did you know that networks of charging stations exist throughout North America? There are several websites/apps that track the location of every single public charging station in the world.
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Things to know about charging electric vehicles
The most important thing to know about charging an electric vehicle, be it a BEV or a PHEV, is that it is as easy as plugging in your smartphone or laptop. Inductive charging, commonly referred to as wireless charging, is under development right now. When that technology is ready, charging your car will be as simple as parking on top of a wireless charging pad installed beneath the floor of your garage.
Levels of Charging
- Using a 110/120 volt outlet, which is a regular three-prong household socket, most plug-in electric vehicles can be fully recharged overnight.
- Using a 220/240 volt electric vehicle charging station outlet, most electric vehicle models will fully charge in 5-10 hours.
- Charging stations can be easily installed in most homes. These level 2 stations all have a standard wand that plugs into all electric vehicles (J1772), except for Tesla which has its own.
- Fast chargers, typically 400 volts, will charge your car’s battery from empty to 80% in 30-45 minutes. These chargers can be found along major highways and travel routes throughout Canada.
Connectors for Level 3
There are three standards of Level 3 fast charging.
- Developed and adopted by Japanese and Korean manufacturers.
- Found on the Nissan LEAF, the Kia Soul Electric and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Tesla drivers can also purchase a CHAdeMO adapter.
Combined Charging Systems (CCS)
- Used by almost all American and European manufacturers. Found on the BMW i3, Chevrolet BOLT, Ford Focus Electric, Hyundai Ioniq Electric, Hyundai Kona Electric, Jaguar I-PACE and Volkswagen e-Golf.
- Exclusive to Tesla products. Tesla has completed an entire network of Superchargers throughout North America and Europe for Tesla customers to use.