Driving an electric car is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s not without its challenges. If you need to charge your vehicle while at work or shopping, here are some tips on how to do so without spending a dime.
Install a residential electric vehicle charging station
The installation of a residential electric vehicle charging station can be as simple as plugging it into an outlet in your garage or basement. The cost of installation varies depending on the type of charger you choose and whether you have any special requirements for power lines or other infrastructure, but it’s typically less than $100.
Many people install their own charging stations because they want to save money on electricity bills and reduce their carbon footprint by driving electric cars instead of gas-powered ones. Others just want to be able to charge at home so they don’t have to worry about running out of battery power while commuting between work and home every day!
Find an electric vehicle charging station at a business or mall
You can find an electric vehicle charging station at a business or mall.
- Find out if the business offers free or paid parking. If no, you might need to park in another location, which will take time and energy away from your shopping trip.
- Find out if the business offers free or paid WiFi. If it does not, this could be inconvenient because you may have to stand around outside with nothing else to do while waiting for your car’s battery pack to charge up again before driving home–or worse yet: paying for internet access so that you can keep working!
Use public charging stations for free or for a fee
When you’re on the go, public charging stations are a great way to top off your battery. They’re free and easy to find, but they may not always be as fast or reliable as home charging options.
Here are some things to consider when using public charging stations:
- Some public chargers require a fee. While most cities offer free charging stations, there are some areas that charge for use of their power grid (usually in parking garages). If this is something you’d like to avoid and still use public chargers, try searching for “free” or “unencumbered” in the name of your city’s electric vehicle association page before heading out on your commute. You can also ask around–your local electrician might know where there’s an available outlet without fees attached!
- Public chargers aren’t always reliable or safe compared with other options because they’re often used by many different people every day; this means each one has been plugged into different outlets across town at different times throughout its lifespan which could impact its performance over time due to wear-and-tear caused by frequent disconnections/connections between owners who don’t care about how well taken care of things were before them (like those who leave lights on all night long).
You can charge your electric vehicle on your lunch break.
While you work or shop, you can charge your electric vehicle on your lunch break. You can also charge it at home. While charging in public, there are several ways to ensure that no one will be inconvenienced by your charging station:
- Make sure that the car is parked in a legal parking spot and not blocking traffic or pedestrians.
- If you’re shopping, plug in near an exit so that other customers aren’t blocked from leaving the store by your vehicle’s length or width (or both).
- If possible, park under shade trees or umbrellas so there’s less glare on the screen of your phone while using Google Maps’ directions feature to find where exactly you need to go next!
So there you have it, the best way to charge your electric vehicle while at work or shopping. If you want to get started now, check out our guide on how to install a residential charging station at home!