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Where to Find Electric Charging Stations


Finding an electrical charging station in Calgary is becoming increasingly easier as the city, and the whole country, moves towards more sustainable transportation options. While we have already made huge advancements in EV vehicles, and charging station availability, the infrastructure will continue to grow and change. So to ensure you’re not stuck out on the road in need of a charge, we’ve created this blog that will guide you through the process of locating charging stations for your electric vehicle (EV) across Calgary.

Understanding the EV Charging Network in Calgary

Calgary’s EV charging infrastructure is expanding rapidly, and our network includes various types of charging stations:

Level 1 Charging Stations

These are standard electrical outlets (120V) that are found in most Calgary homes. They don’t require any additional equipment or panel upgrades, so you can charge up basically anywhere one is available. They do tend to be a slower charge, but are handy for overnight charging.

Level 2 Charging Stations

Operating on 240V, they are faster than Level 1 and are most commonly found in public parking areas, along CTrain lines, and recreation/community centres.

DC Fast Chargers

These are the fastest type of EV charger, and are ideal for long-distance travel. They are often located along major highways and in the city centre.

Finding Charging Stations

Just like the advancements in EV technology, there have also been advancements in how we locate their charging stations, so you’re not driving around aimlessly. Here are a few of the most popular app and technology searching options available:

  • PlugShare: A comprehensive and user-friendly app that shows charging station locations, types, and user reviews.
  • ChargeHub: Offers a map of all available charging stations and provides detailed information about each location.
  • Electric Circuit & FLO: These apps are specific to Canada, and show stations operated by Electric Circuit and FLO networks.

Most modern EVs come with built-in navigation systems that include charging station locations. Major charging networks like Tesla Supercharger, Petro-Canada’s Electric Highway, or ChargePoint have easy to read websites that include their station maps.

Tips for EV Charging

EVs are still relatively new in the grand scheme of things, and new EV drivers are popping up every day. So to help create a more stress-free driving and charging experience in Calgary and beyond, here are a few of our best tips to keep in mind as you hit the road.

Plan Ahead

For longer trips, plan your route based on the availability of charging stations.

Charging Etiquette

Always follow proper charging etiquette. For example, if you’re finished charging, move your vehicle right away. Charging spots in parking lots are limited, and you don’t want to keep it from someone else in need of a charge.

Membership Cards

Just like certain gas stations, some charging networks might require a membership card or app to use their services.

Check for Updates

Charging station availability can change day to day, so it’s a good idea to check for the latest information using the apps and websites listed above.

The growth of Calgary’s EV charging infrastructure is making it easier to find charging stations across the city. With the help of various apps and tools, locating a charging station is just a few clicks away. Whether you’re on a long road trip or need a quick charge in the city, the ever-growing network of charging stations has you covered.

Remember, the shift to electric vehicles is not just about the convenience of charging but also about contributing to a greener, more sustainable future!

Installing an EV Charging Station at Home

One of the most convenient ways to ensure you don’t lose a charge is to install your very own, personal EV charging station at home!

The experienced electricians at 4-Star are well-versed in installation and any electrical panel and system upgrades you may need to effectively charge your EV at home. Visit our electric vehicles service page to learn more about how we can help!

At 4-Star Electric, we’re Calgary’s electrical service leader. We ensure every customer finds trustworthy, timely, and reliable service, no matter what issue they’re experiencing. This includes installing and maintaining your new residential or commercial area EV charger.

We work within your schedule and offer services for both residential homes and commercial businesses. When you choose us, you’re treated like family. 

Get the service you deserve today!

Written by Denny Vannus

Denny is a seasoned professional with an impressive 25-year career at 4 Star Electric, a family-owned electrical company with a strong commitment to serving the community. Armed with both a master's and journeyman's license, he is not only an expert in his field but also a proud PEC (Professional Electrical Contractor). Denny's journey in the electrical industry began with a desire to make a substantial impact in his community and provide top-notch services to clients. He's not just about fixing circuits; he's about lighting up lives. Beyond his professional dedication, Denny is a devoted family man. Celebrating 20 years of marriage, he and his wife have an 11-year-old son who keeps them on their toes. When he's not immersed in the world of electrical systems, Denny enjoys kicking back and coaching his son’s soccer games. His unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and his vision of 4 Star Electric as an extended family for both clients and staff exemplify his passion for creating a harmonious, electrifying world.
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