News

2018-01-16 Ontario incentive for workplace level 2 chargers: up to $7,500 per charging space

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.

2018-01-13 Explaining the technical jargon about hybrid cars

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.

2017-12-01 EVs are cheaper to own and run in Japan, UK and USA

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.

2017-11-30 EVs are cheaper to run EVERYWHERE in the USA

Chevy Volt 2015

Taking possession on March 27, 2015

This picture was taken by Patrick Bérubé, sales advisor at Boulevard Chevrolet in Rimouski.

Destination charging stations in Quebec City

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. 

Charging in the parking lot of a restaurant in Quebec City

 

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.

Installation of new breakers in my house's electrical panel

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. 

Level 2 charging station: 240V, 30A, 7.2kW

I strongly recommend that you install a level 2 charging station at your home with these characteristics:

  • 240 volts
  • 30 amps
  • 7.2 kW

With this charging station, the time required for a full charge of my Volt 2015 dropped from 14 hours to merely 3.5 hours!

Home charging

I charge my PHEV's battery from the comfort of home, as does nearly every PHEV or EV owner. By so doing, I do not normally use the PUBLIC charging stations belonging to The Electric Circuit that are located in Rimouski.

Personal blog post

Chevy Volt 2015 gas consumption statistics for the Canadian winter

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.

Perspectives and opinions

2017-11-29 Shining light on lithium batteries environmental impact

 

David Suzuki sets the record straight on the environmental impacts of lithium batteries. While their environmental impact is not negligible, the overall environmental impact of internal combustion engines remains far greater.  

Useful links

Provincial incentive programs in Canada


British Columbia's Clean Energy Vehicle Program (CEVforBC)


Quebec's Electric Vehicle Program


Ontario's Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) 


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



Note

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:


  • 15 % exclusively in English
  • 60 % exclusively in French
  • 25 % overlap