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EV Charging Stations - GEM Electrical

Sep 26

EV Charging Stations - GEM Electrical 


While electric vehicles are energy efficient and environmentally friendly, they require some work to maintain. Before you leave the dealership with your new electric car, it is essential you purchase an EV charging station. While you can find charging stations at dealerships or gas stations, it is most ideal for an electric car owner to have one readily accessible at home.


If you need a charging station for your electric vehicle, GEM Electrical are your trusted professionals. There are two different levels available; Level 1 charging station has a 120-volt and takes about 6-8 hours to charge your plug-in hybrid car through a power outlet fully. Level 2 charging stations do not use outlets but instead connect to vehicles through an electrical circuit. This process is more complicated but can charge multiple plug-in hybrids more efficiently in 3-4 hours.


Many people think of electric vehicles as being run by battery power. However, when choosing your electric vehicle, remember that some versions of EVs can use gasoline and electricity to run. Some examples include: 

  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs): Recharge initially through electricity, either regenerative braking or being plugged into an outlet or other external source of power. The gas can provide extra support power to the vehicle after 10-40 miles providing backup power if the battery runs out.
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs): These vehicles run both electric and gas power simultaneously. The vehicle initially runs on electricity alone but adds gas power later. The gas engine activates once the vehicle picks up enough speed.  

Purchasing and installing a charging station at home is an immense convenience that provides great flexibility for EV owners. If you want to install a charging station at home, here are some factors to consider:

  1. How many charging amps does your EV use? Does your home have the proper requirements to accommodate them?
  2. How much power and how many plugs can your home’s electric panel handle?
  3. Do you have access to a 240-volt circuit at home? Does your current panel have the resources and space for it?
  4. Do you have a receptacle to use? If not, can you wire it directly? 
  5. If you need to change your home's wiring, what will the price range be?
  6. What will the installation costs be if you hire an electrician to install the EV charger?

As an electric car owner, many benefits come with having your own home charging station. Charging stations can be hard to find, especially if you live in an area where drivers with EVs are uncommon. The convenience of having immediate access to an EV charger for your vehicle also saves you the cost of paying for a shared station. Having your own station also keeps your vehicle in the safety of your home. Because of their popularity and scarcity, EVs are frequently at risk of being stolen. Keeping the vehicle in your home for charging makes it far less vulnerable to potential theft or damage, making your life less stressful. 

With our expert team of professionals, GEM Electrical will gladly install any EV charging station that you need. Our services are available in Brantford, Cambridge, Kitchener, Simcoe and Hamilton. Along with electrical installations, we can also provide:

  • Panel installations.
  • Electrical maintenance/repairs.
  • Knob & tube replacement.
  • Backup generators.
  • Surge protection.
  • Power saving solutions.
  • Electrical inspections in all the areas mentioned above. 




Brantford and surrounding areas 

If you are interested in our reliable and effective EV charging station services, call us today, and our team will gladly be available to help.