February 21, 2013
When getting a new puppy, there are a lot of things you must purchase before bringing the puppy home, especially if you are a new dog owner. The same goes for electric cars, and a home charging station is a big purchase that comes along with EV ownership.
Plug’n Drive and Ontario’s energy producers want to make the process of purchasing a home charging system as seamless as possible. ChargeMyCar.ca provides consumers a simple, 1-2-3 step approach to acquiring a home charging system without frying your fingers into cooked hotdogs or overloading the local grid and burning your neighbour’s house down. It does this by bringing your local utility into the loop on your home charger install so they can plan for demand.
This service may be provided for Upper Canadians, but it does have some good information about home charging no matter where you are in Canada.
Plug’n Drive launches new on-line portal called ChargeMyCar.ca at the Canadian International Auto Show, making it easy for consumers to get their homes ready for electric cars and helping utilities protect the electricity grid
TORONTO, Ont. – Chargemycar.ca is an on-line portal where consumers can choose, buy and arrange the installation of their electric car charger. The project is a partnership between Plug’n Drive and Ontario’s local electricity companies to ensure that the installation of electric car chargers does not disrupt the power grid.
“One of the barriers to electric car adoption is the perceived complexity of charging at home instead of refuelling at a gas station” said Cara Clairman, CEO of Plug’n Drive. “Charge My Car simplifies the process of installing an electric car charger.” This on-line portal provides customers with maximum choice of chargers, gives charger manufacturers a forum to sell their products and, most importantly, provides the local utilities with a channel to connect with their customers during the charger installation process.
Recent studies predict at least 100,000 electric cars on Canadian roads by 2020 and drivers will do the majority of their charging at home. In most cases, local electricity companies have no way of knowing where electric cars are located. Without this information, these electricity companies cannot learn about the potential impact these cars may have on the electricity grid. “Charge My Car fills an important gap in the electric car ecosystem,” said Gerry Smallegange, CEO of Burlington Hydro. “It provides customers the opportunity to involve their local utility in the installation process which will assist utility companies in protecting the local electricity grid.”
“The Electrical Safety Authority is pleased to partner with Plug’n Drive on Charge My Car. The service protects the safety of homeowners by listing only products that are approved to be sold in Canada and by connecting homeowners with licensed electrical contractors,” said David Collie, President and CEO of the Electrical Safety Authority.
About Plug’n Drive
Plug’n Drive is a non-profit organization accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles to maximize their environmental and economic benefits. Plug’n Drive has been actively involved in educating consumers and businesses about the advantages of driving electric since 2008.
SOURCE: Plug’n Drive