Background on Electrical Vehicle Charging Systems
Electric Vehicles known as EV’s are becoming increasingly popular in Ontario. As we transfer from fossil fuels and buy into green energies it will become necessary to have more EV Charging Stations.
In most cases, chargers will differ depending on where they are installed. Such as installing a charger in your home garage or in parking spaces at a employer. To accommodate these situations there are different levels and types of charging. – level 1, level 2 and level 3. These tier levels use different voltages and amperages which result in longer or shorter charge times.
Check list for installing a new electric vehicle charger:
- The electrical contractor will need to file a notification of work with ESA before starting the installation.
- All work must meed Ontario electrical safety code in which Section 86 – Electrical Vehicles Charging Systems dictates the requirements.
- You may only need a electrical outlet with associated equipment (breaker, wiring and charger)
- A Licensed Electrical Contractor with ECRA/ESA must do the installation.
- The charging equipment must be certified by a nationally recognized certification agency and must certify the equipment for use in Canada. The equipment must display CSA, cUL, cETL or other certification marks recognized by ESA.
- When the project is completed and meets the Ontario Electrical Safety code ESA will issue a Certificate of Acceptance.
- Ask your Licensed Electrical Contractor for a copy of certificate of acceptance for your records.
- Contact your home or business insurance broker to discuss the addition of your new electric vehicle charger. The ESA issued certificate of acceptance document can provide peace of mind and should be reviewed with your agent to see if a policy change is needed.