Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Basics & Tools
Wildly fluctuating gasoline prices and environmental concerns have many auto owners purchasing the more economical and environmentally friendly all-electric and hybrid alternatives. As more electric vehicles hit the roads the demand rises for charging stations. There are apps for your smartphone and websites devoted to locating charging stations across the country.
When you find a charging station another issue comes to light. Many times there are vehicles lined up and no openings to park and charge. Communication and respect contribute to a positive and productive experience at every charge station. A need for courtesy leads us to mind charging etiquette.
Follow these simple etiquette standards and a smoother charging experience is a hand.
- EV charging stations are never to have a combustion engine vehicle parked in any spot.
- Only plugged-in vehicles in a charging spot.
- Charge and move your vehicle so others have the chance to plug-in.
- When a charge station is busy and you do not need to charge wait for another charge station or when you are in need.
- Do not unplug a vehicle unless there is a note or EV Card with instructions saying it is fine to do so or a clear indicator light to indicate when a charge is full.
- Make an effort to contact the owner of the plugged-in vehicle that is fully charged and still plugged.
- Look for notes or placards on the vehicle and download the PlugShare app which helps notify and locate other charging customers.
- Keep safety first and when fueling keep lines clear walk areas to avoid tripping or entanglement.
- Absolutely no criminal retaliatory action or nasty notes for a blocked charging station.
- When blocked by combustible engine vehicle or fully charged electric vehicle a gentle courtesy note is in order to educate the offender.
- Charging stations with a sign indicating the rules of charging are informative for all users and non-users of charging stations.
Solutions to better etiquette at charging stations
Since communication is the best preventative, educational and clear solution to most etiquette mix-ups these items are available to you in your daily charging station experiences.
- Find a charging station: Alternative Fuels Data Center has a map of all available charging stations near you across the United States.
- Get your EV Card at Plugin America to put on your vehicle which indicates your fueling needs in bright red or green color for high visibility.
- Post-it notes from Zazzle are a nice communicative way to let others know when they have been in violation and how to be a better friend to the electric charging vehicle owners.
- EV Charger News has a nicely arranged note which has a space for your contact information and a brief set of rules pertaining to charging stations. It is a pleasant-looking, reproducible, informative and communicative for all users of charging stations.
- Plug’n Pals App by Always Thinking, Inc. is available on iTunes and allows the user to communicate with others who share plugs and parking spaces.
As more electric vehicles fill our roads the increase in the demand for charging stations and their availability is essential. Follow charging station etiquette, use charging apps, locate stations and use communicative tools to allow everyone a better experience at charging stations.
Consider the environmental difference electric cars make today and the future difference. Relying on combustible engines leaves use dependent or fossil fuels as a primary fuel source. Fossil fuels are a limited resource. By using hybrid and all-electric vehicles you can reduce the dependence on this limited resource. As an environmentally aware consumer, it makes sense to purchase an electric car over a combustible engine.
The next step in being an environmentally aware consumer is locating charging stations. Then let your thoughts for the environment drive you to communicate and work with other environmentally conscious electric car owners. Use the resources at hand to encourage all-electric vehicle owners to work together to make it all work.