Electric Vehicles are an emerging market worldwide with no indication of slowing down. With the thousands of EV models hitting the road over the next few years, the need for infrastructure is obvious. Find out more about the many options for EV chargers and which option will serve your needs.
Understand charger levels and features
With lots of manufacturers and models to choose from, there are many options to consider. Whatever you decide, only select a safety certified charger and consider having it installed by an electrician who has a Red Seal certification.
Electric vehicles (EVs) require a connection to an electrical system to charge. There are three different methods.
The 3 levels of chargers
Home EV charger features
Wondering which EV charger type is right for you? Consider the EV charger features below to make sure your selected model will accommodate your vehicle(s), the space and your preferences.
Most EVs have the J plug (J1772) which is used for home and level 2 charging. For fast charging, there are two plugs: the CCS used by most manufacturers including, BMW, General Motors and Volkswagen, and the CHAdeMO used by Mitsubishi and Nissan. Tesla has a proprietary plug but can use the J plug or CHAdeMO with adapters.
Single or dual port
Charging stations designed for multi-EV use in common areas have two plugs that can be used at the same time.
Cords are available in a range of lengths, the most common being 5 meters (16 feet) and 7.6 meters (25 feet). Shorter cables are easier to store, but longer cables provide flexibility in the event drivers need to park further from the charger.
Indoor or outdoor
Many chargers are designed to function inside or outside, but not all are. If your charging station needs to be outside, make sure the model you choose is rated to work in the rain, snow, and cold temperatures.
Portable or permanent
Some chargers only need to plug into an outlet, while others are designed to be installed on a wall.
Level 2 chargers are available in models that deliver between 15- and 80-Amps. The higher the amperage, the faster the charging.
Some chargers will connect to the internet so drivers can start, stop, and monitor charging with a smartphone.
Smart EV chargers
Smart EV chargers ensure the most efficient charging by automatically adjusting the amount of electricity sent to an EV based on timing and load factors. Some smart EV charging stations can also provide you with data on your usage.
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Number of EV models available
Automakers are accelerating their EV launch plans, partly to comply with increasingly stringent regulations in Europe and China. COVID-19 will delay some of these, but by 2022 there will be over 500 different EV models available globally. Consumer choice and competitive pricing will be vital in attracting new buyers to the market. An estimated
2500 EV models will be available globally by 2022
Passenger EV sales jumped from 450,000 in 2015 to 2.1 million in 2019. They will drop in 2020 before continuing to rise as battery prices fall, energy density improves, more charging infrastructure is built, and sales spread to new markets.
2020 - 1.7 Million
2025 - 8.5 Million
2030 - 26 Million
2040 - 54 Million
EV share of new car sales
The electric share of total vehicle sales is still small, but it is rising fast. By 2040, over half of all passenger vehicles sold will be electric. Markets like China and parts of Europe achieve much higher penetrations, but lower adoption in emerging markets reduces the global average.
Size of the global EV fleet
Electric vehicles will become an increasingly common sight in the years ahead. Battery electric vehicles account for most of these. Still, plug-in hybrids will play a role over the next ten years before fading as pure electrics continue to get cheaper.
By 2040, over half of all passenger vehicles sold will be electric. Get ahead of the curve and start upgrading your infrastructure so you can service this emerging market.
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