Electrical Vehicle Chargers
It's time to prepare for the EV Revolution
Osprey Electric has installed thousands of EV Chargers throughout Vancouver Island, Western Canada, and as far as Winnipeg, Manitoba.
We have helped Business Owners, gas stations, First Nations, Stratas, Home Owners and Developers utilize grants and our budgeting processes to maximize their investment.
We have assisted with complex cross-country rollouts that started with the grant process through to construction as well as helped local EV owners integrate their solar ready EV charger.
Find out below how the different EV Chargers work, which one would be good for you and how we have helped customers navigate this emerging market.
If you are operating in a facility where people will be sharing EV chargers we strongly recommend they are networked chargers. This means you can bill off usage, and control who gets to use it. In some areas, there are more users than chargers and this can create conflict amongst users.
If this is a private facility, home etc there is no need for networking.
Type Level 1, 2 or 3?
Level 1 have long charge times, plugs into an existing outlet, and are provided with most vehicles.
Level 2 are for most homes, businesses and smaller facilities. These require typically a 240v/40A dedicated feed from panel, roughly a 4-hour charge time.
If you have a gas station, mall or larger facility installing a level 3 charger would be the best option. These draw closer to 200A @ 208V and as such cost significantly more. However, they are destination chargers and provide fast 30 Min charging. This would make your charger the equivalent of a gas station for EV drivers.
There are dozens of EV Manufactures. If you are using a "non-networked" EV charger the decision is simple: Price, availability and quality being your deciding metrics.
However networked chargers usually come with a fee for use as they will assist with billing. Often less expensive chargers may have higher long-term usage fees and vis versa. Reviewing the fine print for networked installs is essential for evaluating a true ROI.
A few brands we are familiar with:
Charge Point (Approved Partner)