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Our customers are becoming more and more environmentally conscious and are looking for ways to adopt green energy, like solar panels and electric vehicles (EVs).

Statistics show that more EVs were sold in Canada in 2018 than in the last two years combined.1 This increase in EVs means more people—and machines—will be relying on electricity to power their transportation across our city.

Whether you need information on electric vehicle chargers, solar panels or the application process for becoming an Independent Power Producer we're here to help.

Considerations before you purchase and install an EV charging station

 Preparing your home's electrical system for an EV charging station

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  • Contact your electrician. They can measure the amount of electricity coming into your home. If you don't have an electrician, the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta has a list of qualified electrical contractors (Members) in the Edmonton area.

If you need to upgrade the electrical system in your home, find a qualified electrician and follow our process for renovations.

 Choosing a charger for your EV

Here are some things to consider:

  • Charging station level: Level 1 chargers can plug into normal wall outlets, but are very slow at charging. Level 2 chargers are much faster, charging most EVs overnight; however, they require a 208v or 240v outlet which typically requires an electrician to install in your garage. Confirm the level your chosen vehicle will require with the car's manufacturer.
  • Cord length: You will want one that is long enough to reach your vehicle from where the charging station is being installed.
  • Scheduling EV charging: Charging your electric vehicle can tax your home's electrical system, so try to schedule your charging during a time when you're not using a lot of power. Typically we use more power when we're getting ready in the morning and when you get home from work. We'd recommend charging your EV later in the evening or when you're sleeping.
  • Extra features: Some models offer web portals and apps to monitor EV power usage. If this is something you think you'd want to monitor, choose a charger that has internet capabilities.
Plug'n Drive offers more information about the EVs and EV charging stations available in Canada.

 Next steps after you have chosen a charger type

  • Have it installed by a qualified electrician. For a list of qualified electricians in the Edmonton area, visit the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta.
  • Plug in. We recommend charging your vehicles overnight so the electrical system of your home isn't taxed when you get home from work and begin making dinner and running other heavy electricity use appliances.

Although it's not required, we do recommend that you let us know you are installing a charging station. This helps us monitor the impact of electric vehicles on the electrical system in your neighbourhood and upgrade equipment like transformers, when needed.

1Source: Schmidt, Eric. (2018, November 6). Electric vehicles sales update Q3 2018, Canada. Retrieved from https://www.fleetcarma.com/electric-vehicles-sales-update-q3-2018-canada/