For decades electric cars were little more than a persistent rumour, like their erstwhile cousins (and sci-fi favourite) the flying car. But while the dream of the flying car has remained little more than a science fiction fantasy (thanks to the fact that nobody wants head on accidents happening in the air over their house) the electric car has gradually, almost imperceptibly taken its place on the roadways of the developed world. Globally, the number of electric vehicles, or EVs, on the road recently surpassed 2 million and industry experts believe that number will increase to between 10 and 20 million by the year 2020.
Affordable Commercial EV Charging Station Installation
EVdirect installs EV Charging Station for commercial customers in Ontario who have purchased or will soon be purchasing electric vehicles for their fleet. We offer an array of EV Charging Station tailored to suit the needs of your commercial property be it an office complex, retail store, production facility, hospital, multi-unit residential development or something else. We work closely with your fleet manager and other members of your team to determine the proper type and placement of the EV Charging Station to be installed. As we are not manufacturers we are free to recommend and install the absolute best EV Charging Station for your particular situation. We also understand your need to contain costs and will demonstrate for you exactly why we consider the system we’re recommending to be your best long term investment.
There are a number of reasons why installing EV Charging Station makes sense:
- It offers unparalleled convenience for your electric fleet.
- It ensures your fleet is always properly energized.
- It demonstrates your company is environmentally aware.
- It demonstrates that yours is a forward looking company.
The Different Types of Electric Chargers
Irrespective of brands the EV Charging Station installed by our licensed, certified electricians can be divided into 4 technical categories or “levels”:
Level 1 charger installation
This is an AC charger that is equivalent to plugging your electric vehicle into the 120 volt system in your home. This is undoubtedly the slowest method of recharging your EV and can take up to 12 hours to fully charge a standard Hybrid. This type of charger is fine for vehicles only driven short distances each day but may not be much good for the EVs of your sales force that regularly spend long hours on the road.
Level 2 charger installation
Level 2 chargers also use AC power although they produce 240 instead of 120 volts. The level 2 charger typically takes between 3 and 5 hours to fully charge the battery of an average EV. Level 2 chargers are a popular choice because they’re more affordable than the high end level 3 and 4 chargers. We’re about to see and their charge times are more reasonable than level 1 chargers.
Level 3 charger installation
Level 3 chargers are also known as “Fast Chargers” and for a good reason. By using one of these 480 volt electric chargers you can achieve an 80% charge in about half an hour. This type of charger, which uses DC current rather than AC, is envisioned to gain a larger share of future public charging stations because of their rapid charging capability. For the moment however they’re hampered somewhat by installation cost and compatibility issues. That said there are certainly some vehicles like the BMW i3 and the Chevy Bolt that can use them now.
Level 4 charger installation
The fourth and final level of charger is the Supercharger system made by and for Tesla vehicles. This type of DC charger can provide roughly a 50% charge in about 20 minutes. On a typical Tesla that works out to about 170 miles of range. Tesla uses a proprietary plug for their chargers so these are obviously not for everyone.
The Future is Here- EVdirect
For many Ontario businesses today EVs represent a common sense option for their company vehicles. By choosing commercial EV Charging Station installation by EVdirect you ensure that your new electric vehicles are more than a curiosity; they’re an integral part of your long term business plan and yet another step on the road back from the fossil fuel cliff. Call EVdirect today to discuss commercial EV Charging Station installation for your business. We’ll get you rolling.