Charging Etiquette For Fast Chargers
Originally published on 16 Nov 2017.
When people are driving long distance in a fully electric vehicle, being able to charge at a fast charger is vital. In many cases, if they cannot charge, they cannot continue their journey!
So please remember these points:
Don't park your ICE (Petrol or diesel-powered vehicle) in an electric vehicle charging space– EVER!
Don't park your EV in an electric vehicle park if you are not charging.
It should be common sense, but make sure you return the charging handpiece back into the holder.
Don't take up a charging park longer than is necessary – if your EV has finished charging, move off the park. So going for a coffee is fine, going to the movies ...NEVER!!
Leave your name and cell phone number visible in your charge port area – so others can contact you.
Forget that last 20 percent. EV batteries charge quickly when they’re low, slowing down as they pass the 80% point. Beyond 80 percent, the charging slows to a trickle. So, while it may feel good to pump an additional 50 kms worth of electrons into your range, the time you spend topping off is obnoxiously inefficient.
If you visit someone and want to charge - ask first, - they don't how much power you are going to use! Offer to pay them a token amount, - I normally pay $20.00 - it is a lot more than the power will cost, but it is good PR and you are already saving a small fortune on fossil fuel and road user charges.