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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about electric vehicles and charging them.

Why Electric Vehicles?
  • Transportation is responsible for 30% of Edmonton's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 42% of energy consumption. This is equal to all the energy used for residential and commercial buildings.
  • Alberta is phasing out coal powered electricity and ushering in renewables. Greening our electricity grid means an electric vehicle in Alberta can only get greener over its lifetime! Even with Alberta's current electricity grid, EVs can reduce emissions compared to a gas car.
  • Using electricity as a fuel source reduces our reliance on any single form of vehicle fuel. Electricity can be generated locally and in many ways including by solar, wind, hydro and geothermal systems.
Types Of Electric Vehicles
Fully Electric
  • Use only electricity
  • Zero tailpipe emissions
  • Cheap to operate and maintain
Plug-In Hybrid
  • Use electricity and gas
  • Has an electrical range of between 20 to 80 km before gas engine takes over
  • Cheaper to operate than other hybrid cars
Charging Your Ride

On average, it takes about 4 to 6 hours to charge from empty to full. With the ability to “fuel up” at home, you’re always able to top up - just like plugging in your phone!

At Home

You can charge your EV at home by plugging into a regular 120V wall outlet 
or by installing a home charging station. A home charging station requires a 240V electrical outlet similar to a clothes dryer plug. Having a charging station cuts down on charging time (compared to charging from a wall outlet) and is easy to install by an electrician. Cost: $800 to $1,200 plus installation.

infographic of charging time and cost

On The Road

Edmonton has over 40 locations that offer EV charging, the majority of which are free. Canada has 4,000+ stations at 3,000+ locations.

To find charging stations in Edmonton and beyond, check out our main page.

Quick Facts
  • EVs can handle Canadian winters. EVs are safe and effective in Edmonton winters. EV range can be reduced in cold weather but is still well within the average Edmonton trip distances.
  • EVs reduce emissions - up to 33% fewer emissions than a gas car.
  • EVs go the distance - 170+ km on a single charge.
  • EVs are for everyone. 25+ models available in Canada at every price point, in all shapes and sizes (compact, full size, minivan, SUV).
  • EVs save money. $1,900 annual savings on fuel and maintenance. It costs about $600  a year to “fuel” an EV versus $1,600 a year for a compact gasoline car.

infographic of travel distance on a full charnge

For More Information

City Environmental Strategies

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Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311


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