THE ELECTRIC CAR IN 5 QUESTIONS

To know the electric car models available in Quebec, you can consult the website of the Association of Electric Vehicles of Quebec (AVÉQ) or the Institute of Innovative Vehicle (IVI).

HOW DOES CHARGING WORK?

Charging is done mostly at home and at work (90%). We usually leave the house with the battery recharged to the maximum of its capacity. More and more employers are offering free recharging to their employees, allowing electric motorists to travel greater distances every day with their electric vehicle. Charging can also be done while traveling thanks to a network of public terminals, either when shopping or at leisure or when traveling longer distances thanks to a network of public charging stations located along the way. main highways. To plan your trip and know the location and availability of charging stations, there are various applications that display, in real time, the use of the network. The Plugshare and Charge Hub applications are just a few examples.

Level 1 refill – 120 V

All vehicles are equipped with a portable 120V charger that can be plugged into any wall outlet. Although it is widely accessible, this type of charging is mainly used for troubleshooting during visits or for the smaller batteries of plug-in hybrid vehicles (20 to 40 km autonomy) since the complete recharge can take up to 34 hours . This type of charging is done at an average speed of 6 km of autonomy/charging time.

Level 2 Recharge – 240 V

Level 2 240V charging is 4 to 5 times faster than Level 1 charging (about 30 to 40 km of range/charging time). She often settles at home with the help of an electrician and usually without modification to the power supply of the house. The Québec government is offering a subsidy of up to $ 600 for the purchase and installation of home charging stations. It is also found on public charging networks, municipal sites, some merchants and employers.

Level 3 refill – 400 V

Also known as DCBs, they are generally part of a large network of public terminals, the Hydro-Québec Electric Circuit. They are said to be fast because they make it possible to gain on average 200 km of autonomy/hour of recharging. These terminals are mainly used for