Adoption of electric vehicles will depend on having the infrastructure to support it. With the range of electric vehicles being around 250Km, some still worry that they won’t know where to charge their vehicle.
The solution? More electric vehicle charging stations.
Building codes have already changed to support electric vehicles with most homes and offices planning to, or already having, Electric Vehicle charging stations for their parking stalls. In fact, by 2040, you could see 50 percent more electric vehicles on the road!
Electricians will be needed more than ever! Many EV charging stations feed into existing electrical infrastructure, with electricians needed to understand the load profile and impact of EV chargers on different power systems as the usage can be impacted. No matter where your client is, there’s an EV charging solution for everywhere your clients live and work.
These charging stations are typically found in homes, apartment complexes, or other commercial areas with parking stalls. These charging stations typically need a 240V outlet and can plug into a dryer or stove receptacle. It can range from 30 amps up to 70A. They charge 30km per hour which takes 6-14 hours to fully charge, or 4-8 hours for a plug-in hybrid.
These charging stations are typically used for large infrastructure projects that need chargers for outdoor public areas. Gas stations, shopping malls, or transit centers are some of the customers buying these solutions. They are considerably more expensive than level two chargers and use a direct current to charge. They can charge 100Km per 30 minutes or 80% at 50KW (varies by vehicle type). They typically take 1 to 4 hours to fully charge, or 15 minutes to 3 hours for a plug-in hybrid.
Did you know that 60 to 80% of EV charging is done at home? Our partners Flo Services and Siemens offer level 2 charging stations that are designed for indoor or outdoor installations. Compatible with all electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, they’re reliable, easy to install and made to last over ten years for single family homes. They’re also safe – protecting your client’s vehicle and their home against fluctuation in the power grid with built-in security features that ensure you full peace of mind.
Whether your client needs a solution for their workplace, condo, or apartment complex, we’ve got level 2 and 3 charging stations of all shapes and sizes! Our partners supply multi-unit residential, commercial and industrial EV charging stations that are universally compatible - so you can charge different kinds of vehicles simultaneously. They’re also built to be durable for cold Canadian days and nights. Some of them can even integrate payment options! By putting your EV charger on a network, your client’s can get paid when someone uses it. With built-in options to charge by number of watts or minutes, these EV chargers are perfect for clients looking to charge one or more vehicles.
For the past two years, we’ve had more and more electricians asking us for charging solutions for their small and large projects. We listened! Now you have even more choice when you shop with us, with two new suppliers in this category.
Along with our residential chargers we currently sell from Siemens, we’re now excited to add DCC Technologies and Flo Services to our lineup! A manufacturer of Energy Management devices, DCC Technologies provides energy management systems for your electrical vehicles. These systems are used when you don’t have a dedicated 20-40-amp circuit for your EV charger - DCC’s energy management system allows you to install an EV charger on an electrical panel so that you can now share a circuit.
Flo is a Canadian company with an extensive product offering from basic residential chargers to commercial and DC fast chargers. Download our brochure to learn more about Flo.
It’s an exciting time for Electric Vehicles (EV)! Now you can shop around to find the perfect match – with EV charging stations for every place your client’s live and work. Our partners supply chargers which are compatible with any model of electric vehicle, and many offer ‘plug and play’ product options for easy installation.
Selecting the right charger is easy, and will usually depend on four (4) main things:
Our level 2 chargers typically require 120-240V, AC plug, smart installation equipment and a dedicated 20-40-amp circuit. Don’t have a dedicated 20-40 amp circuit? That’s ok! Ask a Gescan expert about our energy management system solution and we can chat a bit more about how you can still install these systems.
Have questions? Then tell us about your project, and a Gescan expert will get back to you.