Transition énergétique Québec

Charging equipment

In North America, electrical vehicle connectors and stations are standardized and the equipment has been tested and approved to ensure user safety.

120 Volt Outlets

It is possible to charge an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid with a standard 120-volt outlet, which most residences have either somewhere outside or in the garage. 

Charging an electric vehicle uses about as much electricity as a 1,400-watt air conditioner.

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240 Volt Stations

A 240-volt charging station cuts charging time in half when compared to a standard outlet.

These 240-volt stations, mobile or fixed, can be installed outside or in your garage.

You must hire a master electrician to install a new 240-volt electrical circuit on a building. The type of outlet is similar to the one used to plug in a dryer or an oven inside a house or a welding machine in a garage.

It is also possible to use an existing 240-volt outlet (of welding machine type for example) to plug in a portable charging station.

One 240-volt station uses about as much electricity as a 151-litre (40-gallon) water heater.

Approximate charging time

Notes

Fast Charge Stations

Direct current fast charger, usually referred to as DCFC, operate at a minimum of 400 volts. The high purchase and installation cost of quick chargers explains why they are not as common as 240-volt stations.

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Not all vehicle models can use fast-charging stations

Fast-charging stations use two systems: SAE Combo, also known as the Combined Charging System (CCS), and CHAdeMO. Only electric vehicles with fast-charge plugs can use the connectors at those stations.

That is why you often find supplementary 240-volt chargers at fast-charging stations.
Here are some vehicle models that are compatible with fast-charging station connectors:

Other vehicle models are not compatible with fast-charging stations:

The Electric Circuit website has a list of electric vehicle models compatible with fast-charge stations. Ce lien ouvre dans une nouvelle fenêtre.

See where to find Québec’s public fast-charging and level-2 stations.