The Government of Ontario announced a new incentive that should help accelerate the pace at which level 2 charging stations are installed in workplace parking lots. Up to 7,500$ per charging space is being offered not only to employers, but also to commercial building owners who wish to install charging stations for their tenants.
Hybrid cars come in many shapes and flavours. If you wish to understand jargon terms and acronyms such as Electrified, HEV, PHEV, REX, EREV, Series and Parallel hybrid, then this Globe and Mail article is waiting for you to read it.
Taking into consideration all costs (acquisition or leasing, fuel, electricity, maintenance) and government subsidies, this article in The Guardian shows that electric cars allow their owners to save money over a four year period.
The Union of Concerned Scientists conducted a study whose main conclusion is that EVs are cheaper than gasoline-powered cars to fuel and drive in every single state of the USA.
This picture was taken by Patrick Bérubé, sales advisor at Boulevard Chevrolet in Rimouski.
Quebec City, about 300 km from my Rimouski home, is one of my family's favorite destinations. It is reassuring to know there are already several dozens of public charging stations. This map was produced on November 19, 2017.
Public charging stations are rarely used by the inhabitants of the city where they are found, because nearly all of them charge their car's battery at home. Here I take advantage of a meal break at a restaurant to recharge my Volt.
You will need to hire a professional electrician in order to install the new breakers that are required for the level 2 charger in your house's electrical panel.
I strongly recommend that you install a level 2 charging station at your home with these characteristics:
With this charging station, the time required for a full charge of my Volt 2015 dropped from 14 hours to merely 3.5 hours!
2018-07-17 In this blog post, I calculated gas consumption statistics for each season, based on EXACTLY three full years of ownership of my VOLT 2015.
Provincial incentive programs in Canada
Below are my favorite websites on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and Battery Electric vehicles (BEVs)
InsideEVs (news about EVs)
InsideEVs monthly plug-in sales scorecard in the USA
I maintain this website on my unpaid personal time. To avoid spending too much time on this volunteer activity, I took the editorial decision of not translating the entire website contents. For the "Plug-in Vehicles" topic, the percentages of available content according to the language of writing are approximately as follows: