Kia Niro EV Long-Term Review, Part 13: Station to Station
Auto123 puts the Kia Niro EV to the long-term test. Today, part 13.
As we’ve seen previously, a Level 1 charge corresponds to the current provided by an ordinary 120V household outlet.
We go to 240V with Level 2, which is easily available at home. You can buy the charging station from an authorized distributor, have it installed by a certified electrician and don't forget to take advantage of government subsidies (including those of some municipalities), both for the charging station and for its installation.
It’s said that 80 percent of EV recharging takes place at home, starting in the evening, and that the range gained from a red-eye session is generally more than enough for the next day's trips. But at least occasionally, you’ll need to recharge on the road, and for that there are public charging stations.
Thousands of charging stations
I live in the Belle Province of Quebec, and so the data I’m using is taken from there. Most of it will apply everywhere, but do keep in mind situations vary depending on where in Canada you live. Let’s just say that some provinces are more advanced than others on the charging infrastructure front.
As of December 15, 2021, the Association des véhicules électriques du Québec (a gold mine of information) had an official count of 7,228 public charging stations across Quebec, with the total growing by the week.Read more