Manitoba's Block Heater Outlets Inadequate for Electric Cars

If half empty, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV car, for instance, can be recharged in 10 hours with a steady supply of 110-volt electricity, but many parking lots cycle electricity on and off each hour.

Published: 17-Feb-2012

Manitoba's clean hydro power and abundant block heater outlets are often promoted as ideal for new enviro-friendly electric vehicles, but some on the vanguard of that automotive revolution say the province's plugs are not nearly enough.

Keith Bilous bought a high-performance Tesla electric roadster last year, but found problems driving it around the province.

The issue? Slow charging times.


NRG eVgo fast charging station.

NRG Energy plans to install a total of 70 Freedom Stations in the DFW area by end of 2012.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV being charged at e+ operated charging station.

Joint venture plans to install 300 charging points by 2013 operating in a network in the 14 largest cities.

Coulomb ChargePoint Level 2 charger. Toyota Prius plug-in in background will take only about 4 hours to recharge at Level 1 rates.

Two-thirds of respondents agree access to public fast chargers are necessary to the successful introduction of electric cars.


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