Did you know transportation is the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada? Purchasing an electric vehicle (EVs) is just one way that Islanders can help support more sustainable transportation. EVs are powered by electricity that is stored in a battery, meaning they don’t produce emissions like a car with a gasoline or diesel powered engine. Today’s EVs can travel 200+ km on a single charge and with public charging stations becoming increasingly popular, you will always have a place to stop and charge up! For a list of EVs available to purchase in Canada, visit Plug’n Drive’s website.
• It is FREE to register an EV in Prince Edward Island, an automatic yearly savings of $100.
• All Canadians qualify for a purchase incentive of up to $5,000 from the Government of Canada on eligible EV models.
• You will reduce your fuel costs because it is cheaper to charge an EV battery compared to purchasing a tank of gasoline or diesel.
• No more standing in the cold filling your gas tank at the service station because at home EV charging is very convenient!
• You will no longer need to have your oil changed.
• Reduced emissions mean improved air quality in our communities.
• EVs are quieter which helps reduce noise pollution.
• EVs have a regenerative braking process, meaning when you brake the energy is returned to the batteries instead of wasted in the vehicle’s braking system. This results in EVs having less maintenance requirements than vehicles with gasoline or diesel powered engines.
There are three types of EV charging stations
There are three types of EV charging stations:
1. Level 1 chargers are the slowest and are equivalent to a standard wall outlet charger (between 110-120 volts). It would take more than a full day to fully charge an EV with a Level 1 charger.
2. Level 2 chargers use a 240 volt system, which is the same voltage required by a standard oven or clothes dryer. You can get a full charge within 6-8 hours.
3. Level 3 chargers (fast chargers) are the quickest and use a 480 volt system. They can provide an 80% charge in 20 to 30 minutes.
EV Charging Stations on PEI
Most people who own an EV charge their vehicle at home during the night. However, should you need to charge it elsewhere, there are a number of charging stations located across PEI- including a Level 2 charging station in front of our office at 180 Kent Street in Charlottetown. ChargeHub maintains a map of charging stations around the world. Check the map below or download their App to find an EV station near you.
Disclaimer: This map is generated by ChargeHub and is shared here for information purposes only. It is not the responsibility of Maritime Electric.