EV Charging Station

Make our world Greener

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Multi-unit Residential Building Solutions (MURB):

With the current government financial support, any MURB located within the province of British Columbia is eligible to apply for rebates when installing Level 2 Charging Stations. Visit “Government incentive program” tab for more details on financing options. To get a quote, contact us to book a free site survey.

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Public Parking Solutions:

With the increased demand for electric vehicles, public parking developers need to start taking into consideration allocating additional space for electric vehicle supply equipment. In 2013, The City of Vancouver has already issued a law requiring at least 10% of all parking stalls in mixed-use and commercial building to be ready for electric vehicles. To get a quote, contact us to book a free site survey.

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Commercial Solutions:

Since 2013, commercial buildings are required to allocate 10% of all parking stalls for the use of electric vehicles. We deal with both cases that need some refurbishing work and buildings that require just the product and installation. For additional information, please get in touch with us.

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Residential Solutions:

About 95% of all electric car charging is done at homes. It is the most convenient and one of the safest options. However, plugging charger cord into a standard outlet charges a car very slowly. In this connection, having an appropriate electric vehicle supply equipment can prove to be essential. Contact us to get a quote or a free consultation.

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Add-ons and customized solutions:

Most of charging stations do not require additional settings, however there are some situations that need alterations or a customized solution. Contact us for more detailed information.

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EV FAQ

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES FAQ:

What are the benefits of electric vehicles?

First of all, by owning an electric car, you are no longer dependent on gas or diesel. You no longer emit poisonous gases that harm environment. Second of all, it is cheaper to operate an electric car. You do not need to pay for petroleum anymore. Third, electric vehicles provide a completely different driving experience: they are smooth, quick and very quiet. Fourth, governments all over the world incentivize people to switch to cleaner options providing significant rebates for both electric cars and charging stations.

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How expensive are electric vehicles?

It is true that electric vehicles are more expensive than comparable gasoline choices. Nonetheless, there are options on how you can save your money. Governments usually provide financial incentives to make EVs more affordable. Here in BC, you can enjoy up to $5,000 in rebates for qualifying electric, fuel-cell electric and plug-in hybrid electric and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. BC Scrap-IT program also offers various financial incentives if you choose to switch to EVs.

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How can I charge my electric car?

The only way to get your electric car going is by supplying electricity into its battery. However, there are different methods of doing it. You can simply plug a charger cord into a standard power outlet and connect it into your car; you can opt out for electric vehicle charging stations, which will significantly improve charging time (depending on the station level); or you can entirely switch the battery.

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What is the difference between charging from a standard power outlet and having a charging station?

The most noticeable difference is the charging time. Charging stations are capable of supplying more electricity into the battery, making the work done anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours. Plugging into a standard power outlet, on the other hand, is a significantly longer process, consuming up to 18 hours to fully charge the battery.

30 minutes and 12 hours is a big difference, why is there such a spread?

It all comes down to the level of a station you use. Charging stations are commonly separated into three categories: Level 1, Level 2 and Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC). Level 1 stations are almost equivalent to just plugging cord into the wall, with both taking more than 10 hours to fully charge the battery. Level 2 stations, which are most abundant nowadays, do the work in about 6 to 8 hours. DCFCs, the most expensive option, are capable of supplying enough electricity to charge the battery from 0 to 100% in 30 minutes or less.

30 minutes and 12 hours is a big difference, why is there such a spread?

It all comes down to the level of a station you use. Charging stations are commonly separated into three categories: Level 1, Level 2 and Direct Current Fast Chargers (DCFC). Level 1 stations are almost equivalent to just plugging cord into the wall, with both taking more than 10 hours to fully charge the battery. Level 2 stations, which are most abundant nowadays, do the work in about 6 to 8 hours. DCFCs, the most expensive option, are capable of supplying enough electricity to charge the battery from 0 to 100% in 30 minutes or less.

What are the costs for each charging station category?

The price varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some of the stations are more functional and customized, which further raises their price. It is also important to keep in mind that installation costs, more often than not, are about the same as the cost of the station itself. For Level 1 stations you can be looking at anything from $500 to $2000; for Level 2 stations it is $1000 to $10,000; and for DCFCs it is at least $15,000. And these are the costs of just the equipment. Please contact us if you need a consultation or a detailed quote.

How do I install a charging station?

You can follow the installation instructions provided with the equipment; however we strongly recommend referring to a certified electrician due to safety and time reasons.

How far can I go once my car is fully charged?

It depends on your car. Different cars are capable of travelling different distances. Average cars can last anywhere from 70 to 150 km on one charge. More sophisticated options however, can run up to 350-400 km in one go.

Is it possible to charge my electric vehicle when I’m out in the city?

Absolutely. As with gas bars, here are numerous charging stations spread across metro Vancouver area, with some of them being paid and free options. Common places to get your car charged are shopping centers, public parking spots, some grocery stores and some cinema plazas.

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Products

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Leviton Evr-Green Mini

Level 2 Wall Mounted Charging Station

To request a quote or full product specification, please call us at 1-604-559-0828

Schneider Generation 2.5 Enhanced Model

Level 2 Charging Station

To request a quote or full product specification, please call us at 1-604-559-0828

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General Electric Wattstation Wall Hardwired Unit

Level 2 Charging Station

To request a quote or full product specification, please call us at 1-604-559-0828

General Electric Pedestal WattStation

Level 2 Charging Station

To request a quote or full product specification, please call us at 1-604-559-0828

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Schneider Outdoor Pedestal-Mount

Level 2 Charging Station

To request a quote or product specification, please call us at 1-604-559-0828

Leviton Evr-Green 4000

Level 2 Charging Station

To request a quote or product specification, please call us at 1-604-559-0828

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AddEnergie SmartTwo Simple Pole

Level 2 Charging Station

To request a quote or full product specification, please call us at 1-604-559-0828

AddEnergie SmartTwo Quadruple Pedestal

Level 2 Charging Station

To request a quote or full product specification, please call us 1-604-559-0828

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SUCCESSFUL CASE Studies

EXAMPLES OF THE EV CHARGING STATIONS INTRODUCTION:

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The Province of BC ‘s Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Program has announced a huge $2.7M Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) fund to support development of Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations back in April 2012. The program was running in 2012 and 2013 years and was created to share some of the purchase and installation cost of Level 2 charging stations. The total of 127 pioneer companies have taken part in the program, which translated into 456 charging stations being created across BC. For more detailed information and stations map, visit http://pluginbc.ca/community-charging-infrastructure-ccif-fund/

Resort Municipality of Whistler

Whistler’s first charging stations were launched for the 2010 Olympic Games, before charging station standards had been published. This meant that Whistler had to design its own 240V stations for the parking stalls.

For the full case study report visit http://www.livesmartbc.ca/incentives/transportation/EVSE-Case-Study_Whistler.pdf

City of Nanaimo

The Nanaimo City fleet includes one electric golf cart, three Nissan Leafs, one Ford Ranger conversion and trucks that operate on biodiesel.

For the full case study report visit http://www.livesmartbc.ca/incentives/transportation/EVSE-Case-Study_Nanaimo.pdf

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