When using public and workplace charging stations to charge your electric vehicle, there are some simple rules you should follow to remain courteous towards other drivers. Here are our top 5 tips for EV charging etiquette to ensure everyone has a smooth, seamless charging experience.
1. EVs should be a priority over hybrid vehicles
It may sound controversial, but full electric vehicles should take priority over hybrid vehicles. This is because electric vehicles fully rely on charging alone to make a journey, whereas plug-in hybrids do not. It’s a good idea to have a look around when pulling up at an EV charging station. If there is only one electric vehicle charging point available to use, consider other drivers around you that rely on charging alone before plugging in.
2. EV parking spaces are for charging only
Parking spaces at public or workplace charging stations should never be used by combustion engine vehicles. This also applies if you do have an electric vehicle, but it does not require charging. Be respectful and save that space for a fellow EV driver that might need to charge their vehicle urgently. Only plugged in vehicles should be parked in charging bays.
3. When your charge is complete, move your vehicle away!
It is good etiquette to move your electric vehicle away as soon as it has finished charging. Leaving your vehicle plugged in after charging has completed or for an excessive period of time is inconsiderate towards other drivers.
When rapid charging, you should stay close to your vehicle. As this process only takes between 20 to 30 minutes at a time, other EV drivers will likely wait behind you to use the chargers. This means you can move away immediately once your vehicle is charged up, keeping the charging process moving along swiftly.
4. Look after the EV charging kit
For the benefit of you, other EV drivers and the charging point, you should always leave the EV charger in the state that you found it (or should have found it). Replace the cable neatly in its holder and don’t leave it on the ground. Electric vehicle charging points are expensive pieces of kit. So, please look after them so that everyone can continue to use them and to avoid costly repairs.
From a health and safety aspect, leaving a high voltage cable on the ground could cause someone to trip or be driven over. This could pose a danger to the next person that uses it.
5. Only unplug another EV if it has finished charging and is unattended
If you are waiting to use an electric vehicle charging point where another vehicle is plugged in and unattended by its owner, double check whether the vehicle has finished charging completely. If the vehicle has finished its charge, the owner has not returned to their car and you have no other way of locating them, this would be the only acceptable time to unplug it.
In these circumstances, be polite and leave a note informing the other EV driver that their vehicle was fully charged and you urgently needed to charge your vehicle.
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