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LOOKING INTO AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE

The EV Advantage

Not only are EVs 70% greener than their gas counterparts, but they are also more cost effective to operate and maintain. EVs perform better, have quicker acceleration, smoother handling, and a quiet ride. And because they only have one moving part, they are more durable than internal combustion engines - they don’t need oil changes, coolant flushes, mufflers or exhaust systems to keep them running optimally.

The average Canadian driver, travelling about 20,000 kms a year, can save up to $2,500 annually on fuel and maintenance.

Here are the Facts!

 EV Range and Charging while on the Road

Fully electric cars today travel 200+ km on a single charge. All EVs come with a ‘range remaining’ display which estimates the after-charge range based on recent driving patterns. If the last 10 kms you travelled were uphill, it will give you a lower estimated range.

If you need to take your EV on a road-trip, there are numerous public charging stations called DC-Quick chargers. These chargers appear along highways and major roadways and will fully charge your battery from empty to full in 30 to 45 minutes. Canada has over 5,000 public charging stations.

There are approximately 25 charging stations in the City of Burlington.

Check out a map of current public charging stations in Ontario and across North America. You have several options, including:

 

 Your EV Commute

Most Canadians drive 50 km or less per day. This is well within the range of EVs on the market. When you are stopped, the electric motor doesn’t draw energy from the battery, whereas gas engines are continually burning fuel, money and emissions.

 Temperature vs. Driving Range

According to research conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA), temperature extremes can influence driving range.

  • 35 degrees Celsius with A/C on inside the vehicle = approximately 17% decrease in driving range
  • Minus 7 degrees Celsius with the heat on inside the vehicle = approximately 40% decrease in driving range

EV owners need to be aware of a reduction in range and the need to charge more often in extreme temperatures.

 New or Used?

A new EV will have the latest technology and qualify for government incentives, but there are reasons to consider used EVs, including affordability. When buying a used EV, assess the health of the battery and ensure the licensing and compliance paperwork is up to date. If you choose to buy used, Plug’n Drive offers  $1,000 for qualified Ontario Drivers through its Used EV incentive program

 

 EV Charging Stations

Charging Station Type Charge Time
Level 1 Chargers All EVs come standard with a cord set that lets you charge the battery using a regular wall socket, also known as Level 1 or 110 volts charging. It can take 8 to 20 hours to fully charge an EV at Level 1 depending on the battery level of charge. One hour of charge gives approximately 8 kms of range.
Level 2 Chargers Level 2 charging stations use a 240-volt system (like a clothes dryer or stove plug) and can fully charge a battery electric vehicle in about 4 to 8 hours and a plug-in hybrid in about 1 to 4 hours depending on the battery level of charge. One hour of charge gives approximately 30 kms of range.
Level 3 Chargers One hour of charge give approximately 250 kms of range.

 

 Re-Charging Wisely at Home

Charging your EV during Time-of-Use (TOU) low-peak times is more energy-efficient and cost effective. Off-peak times are from 7 pm to 7 am on weekdays, and all day on weekends and holidays.

 Federal Incentive Program – Zero-Emission Vehicles Program (iZEV)

To encourage the adoption of ZEVs by Canadians and Canadian businesses, the Government of Canada launched the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program in May 2019. There are many different eligible makes and models for purchase or lease that provide consumers with iZEV Program incentives of up to $5,000. Learn more

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