General questions about charging stations

Yes, all charging stations offered by BEQ Technology, except for Tesla charging stations, have an SAE J1772 connector that is compatible with all electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles sold in North America.

We have charging stations available with a NEMA 14-50 plug, which is the same as the one used for a stove, but not for a dryer because its NEMA 14-30 plug is not powerful enough to meet safety standards. Therefore, we offer the possibility of connection to a stove or welder outlet which meet our quality and safety requirements.

A level 2 charging station (240V) will be much more efficient for charging as it is 5 to 6 times faster than a level 1 charging station (120V).

Level 1 charging station: The Level 1 charging station is the one that comes with the car, commonly referred to as 120V charging. This station is used for emergency charging as it is slow. It can be used when there are no other connection possibilities. This station will provide an average of 6 km of range per hour of charging.

Level 2 charging station: The Level 2 charging station, also known as a 240V station, is the station to get for home use. It is much faster than the Level 1 station and will charge the car in only 3 to 9 hours depending on the size of the battery. It also allows preheating of the car in cold weather without depleting the car's battery. Additionally, good preheating will slightly increase the car's range. It is therefore very interesting to get a Level 2 station in colder climates. This station will provide an average of 30-55 km of range per hour of charging, depending on its power and the charger capacity of your car.

Level 3 charging station: The Level 3 charging station, also known as a rapid or DC fast-charging station, is often found in shopping center parking lots or along highways to allow electric vehicle owners to make partial charges to have enough range to complete their trips. However, it is important to be careful because these fast-charging stations tend to have a greater impact on the battery's health by reducing its maximum charging capacity when used too frequently. It is also recommended to stop charging when you reach 80%, as from this point, the Level 2 station becomes almost as fast, and it becomes less expensive to complete the charge on a Level 2 station than on a Level 3 fast-charging station.


Which car do you want to charge?   Not all cars are equal in terms of battery capacity, but also in terms of their onboard charger. Depending on the manufacturer and the battery capacity, the onboard chargers indicate the maximum charging capacity which, even if you try to charge at a higher power, will be useless. For example, the onboard charger of a Volt is 3.6 kWh (15A), a Leaf is 6.6 kWh (27.5A), a Bolt is 7.2 kWh (30A), a Tesla is 9.6 kWh (40A base). The charging speed will always be the lowest between the capacity of the charging station or the onboard charger.

Do you have a garage? Do you park your car outside in the summer but inside in the winter? Do you have a cottage? If you answered YES to any of these questions, a portable charging station would be a definite advantage for you. As the name suggests, a portable charging station will allow you to bring your charger to your cottage without having to purchase a second one... just unplug it from the wall and head out for the weekend! You just need to have a second outlet installed for the charger at the cottage. You can ask an electrician to install a 240V electrical outlet where the charger will be located. Portable charging stations also come with a place to put a lock to prevent theft. In case of malfunction, these charging stations are also easier to replace in order to benefit from the manufacturer's warranty.

Installation of a charging station

Installation costs vary depending on the context, the work to be done, and sometimes the region based on transportation costs. On average, installation can cost between $600 and $700. Also, don't forget that there are assistance programs that can significantly reduce the amount. To find out the exact costs and avoid surprises, we invite you to fill out a submission form.

Yes, at BEQ Technology, we have the largest network of certified master electricians. The installation of a charging station should be done by a professional, and our team of electrician specialists has the required skills to do so.

Yes, the charging stations are certified for outdoor installation. You just need to plan for an electrical outlet near your parking spot.

No, in the case of the EVduty or FLO charging stations, it is not necessary to protect the station. However, certain precautions should be taken; the charging nozzle should be pointed downwards or inserted into a receptacle between uses to prevent water, snow or ice from accumulating. Make sure that the cable is well protected from the possibility of damage.

A charging station with a plug (6-50 or 14-50) can be easily moved if you need to. You won't need to buy another charging station for a second residence, only a second installation will be necessary. If there is a problem with your charging station, a replacement station can be offered to you during repairs. Charging stations with plugs have a place to put a lock to prevent theft. With a case for the outdoor plug, your charging station will be doubly secure!

Yes, you simply need to specify the desired amperage at the time of purchase (24, 16, 12) or call us for instructions on how to adjust it. There is also the possibility of reset the power later on.

If your vehicle's onboard charger is 3.3 or 3.6 kW, then no. For other vehicles, the charging time will be slightly longer.

Subsidies for the purchase of a charging station

Yes, there are many federal, provincial and municipal subsidies to help you financially acquire a Level 2 charging station. The Government of Québec offers financial assistance of $600 for the purchase and installation of a residential Level 2 charging station by a certified electrician. Several cities have financial assistance programs; you can consult the Residential subsidies section to see which subsidies you are entitled to. If you are a municipality, a company, or an organization, you are also entitled to subsidies. Discover the Roulez Vert, Branché au travail program to learn all the details.

Yes, there are subsidies in Québec and Canada to help you financially acquire an electric car. The Québec government, with its "Roulez Électrique" program, offers financial assistance of up to $7,000. The federal government also has a program of subsidies for the purchase or lease of an electric vehicle of up to $5,000. The two programs together provide financial assistance of up to $12, 000.

Charging tips

No, you can leave the vehicle plugged in at all times, even when the charging is complete. In addition, when outside temperatures are very cold or very hot, a system for regulating the battery temperature will automatically intervene to keep the battery in an optimal state. This has a negligible impact on electricity consumption once the battery is full.

No. Recharge whenever you need or have the opportunity to. Except on fast charging stations (BRCC), it is recommended not to exceed 80% of the recharge.

No. The connection between the vehicle and the charging cable is waterproof and secure. The wiring, cable, and charging station are insulated, and the station is protected against power surges. Therefore, there is no danger in charging your vehicle in bad weather.

Cost of charging

Yes. Driving an electric vehicle that is rechargeable can significantly reduce expenses related to gasoline consumption due to the much lower cost of electric charging. Electric charging costs are 75% less than gasoline. Additionally, the maintenance of an electric car is up to 50% less expensive compared to a gasoline engine vehicule.