Most electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid owners decide to have a 240-volt charging station installed in front of their home. Here is some advice for the ones who wish to go through with this option.
Availability of stations
Currently, there are many suppliers of 240-volt charging stations suitable for home use that are located in the province of Québec and elsewhere in North American. You can find them on the Internet or by contacting your dealership.
If you have purchased a new electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, you can take advantage of a rebate of up to $600 towards the purchase and installation of a 240-volt charging station at your home.
Having the station installed by an electrician
The Québec Construction Code requires electrical work to be carried out by an electrical contractor licensed by Régie du Bâtiment du Québec.
During the preliminary inspection, an electrician can check whether your home’s electrical panel has sufficient capacity to support a new 240-volt circuit or if it requires additional work.
Cost estimate: purchase and installation
The price for a 240-volt charging station can vary between $600 and $1,300, and installation costs anywhere from $400 to $1,100 (before taxes). On average, it costs $1,500 for the charging station and its installation.
These costs may be higher if you need to upgrade your electrical panel or run underground cables.
Do not hesitate to get more than one quote to make sure you are paying a reasonable price.
Cost estimate : usage
It costs approximately $1 for a full charge. If the vehicle only needs a partial charge, it will cost less.
If the vehicle is mostly charged at home every night, the annual energy cost is estimated at $300 (for 20 000 km per year).