Purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) 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.
- When you purchase a qualifying EV, you could receive a rebate of up to $5,000 from the Government of PEI, as well as a $5,000 rebate from the federal government. That’s up to $10,000 in potential savings on your EV purchase!
- When you purchase a qualifying EV, you will also receive a FREE charger from the government of PEI.
- It is FREE to register an EV in PEI, an automatic yearly savings of $100.
- You will reduce your fuel costs because it is cheaper to charge an EV battery compared to purchasing a tank of gasoline or diesel.
- You will no longer have to stand in the cold to fill your gas tank! Charging your EV at home 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.
Things to consider before purchasing an EV
- As with any car, you’ll want to consider the size, the number of seats, and any other features you may want (like AWD).
- Test drive different models to find the right fit for you. EVs tend to have quicker acceleration and improved handling as compared to their gasoline counterparts. Be careful not to fall in love on your first test drive, there are lots of different models to try.
- The battery capacity significantly impacts the cost, so consider the range carefully. Additionally, range can decrease based on driving habits or during colder temperatures, so be sure to consider this during your selection process.
- You will want to research vehicle service options. EVs are becoming more common but your favourite mechanic may not be set up to service your new EV, meaning your only option may be the dealership.
- At home EV chargers typically require a 240-volt plug (similar to a clothes dryer) and 16 to 40 amps of current. This may require electrical upgrades to your home at the plug in location.
EV Charging Stations on PEI
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 (DC Fast Chargers or DCFC) are the quickest way to charge your EV and use a 480 volt DC system avoiding the vehicle’s inverter. They can provide up to 150 km of range in 30 minutes.
Many EV owners program their vehicle to charge overnight instead of during the day because electricity generated at night time is typically cleaner and greener. If you’re a homeowner, the charger’s location can impact the installation cost. The free charger supplied by the government of PEI for qualifying EVs requires a 240-volt plug (similar to a clothes dryer) and 16 to 40 amps of current. This may require electrical upgrades to your home.
If you’re not a homeowner, discuss charging options with your landlord or investigate public charging options near you. There are many charging stations located across PEI- including a Level 2 charging station in front of our office at 180 Kent Street in Charlottetown. Plus, we’ve partnered with nine Island communities to install 50 new level 2 chargers across PEI in 2021: Alberton, Charlottetown, Cornwall, Miltonvale Park, Morell, Resort Municipality, Stratford, St. Peters Bay, and Three Rivers. 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.