(NC) Electric vehicles have evolved and are gaining popularity. Whether you’re looking to lower your carbon emissions for the environment or want a long-term economical vehicle for your daily commute or weekend errands, there are several considerations when deciding if an EV is the right option for you.
Choosing the right model. Driving an EV means you won’t have to visit the gas station very often, or at all. From economy to luxury models and hybrid to full electric vehicles, choosing the right model comes down to a few factors. For many, price will be the ultimate selling point. But beyond the price tag, you need to consider accessibility to charging stations and whether you can install one at your residence to make the most out of your new car.
Installing a charging station. Setting up a charging station at your residence is a job for the professionals. Hire a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) to install an EV charging station. These experts are responsible for following the appropriate safety regulations and will provide you with an Electrical Safety Authority certificate to ensure the installation and unit is in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. It’s also important to make sure your charging station is certified for use in Canada by checking for the mark of a nationally recognized certification agency such as CSA, UL or ETL.
Charging. Fuelling your EV can be done at home and in public in a matter of hours if the proper charging station is available. With more charging stations being installed in residential, commercial and industrial locations, it’s important to know the requirements to charge your EV. Before plugging in, make sure you understand the different levels and types of charging that use different voltages and amperages.
Maintenance. Like any vehicle, it’s important to get routine tune-ups to check for wear and tear of the battery, brakes and other mechanical functions. If you’re experiencing issues with the charge of your battery, bring it to a professional to be checked out. An EV mechanic can help with battery issues, and an LEC is licensed to fix electrical issues with your charging station. Whether you’re looking to buy or already own an electric vehicle, using the help of a professional will make your investment goes the extra mile.
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