If you have an electric car, it means you will have to charge it. Instead of filling up at the gas station, you will need to plug in your car. You can do this at home and at work—the two places where vehicles are parked the longest during the day. Therefore, they are the perfect places to charge electric vehicles or plug-in hybrids.
It is possible to charge your car at home with a regular 120-volt outlet or a 240-volt charging station, the last choice being the faster option. If you have leased or purchased a new electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, you can get a rebate for the purchase and installation of a 240-volt charging station at your home.
It is also possible to charge your car at work if you reach an agreement with your employer. The Branché au travail program allows businesses to receive a rebate for the purchase and installation of 240-volt charging stations. Afterwards, the employer must offer free charging to its employees for the three years following the installation of the station.
During longer trips
Vehicles can also be charged in certain public areas. There are currently more than 1,250 free and fee-based public charging stations in the province of Québec owned by different networks set up in front of hotels, restaurants, stores, municipal parking lots, dealerships, service areas, etc. The Québec public charging network continues to grow from week to week!
Since fall 2014, the installation of a few quick charging stations in Québec significantly improved the existing charging offer. It is now easier to plan longer trips which could possibly accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by the population.
Many Internet sites and mobile applications can help electric vehicle drivers check the location of the charging stations along their route as well as their real-time availability.