Charging an electric vehicle isn’t difficult, but it can be a little confusing. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide to electric vehicle charging etiquette and tips for managing your EV’s battery life.
Where to charge
There are a few options for charging your electric vehicle, and it’s important to know what they are.
- Charging at home: The most convenient place to charge is obviously your own home. If you have an electric car and live in an apartment building or condo with shared parking spaces, this may be difficult because the landlord would need to make special arrangements with the power company before installing the necessary wiring. However, if your home has its own garage (or even just a driveway) then there shouldn’t be any problems getting this set up.
- Charging at work: Many employers are now offering free charging stations for employees who drive EVs as part of their benefits packages. This is great news for those who work long hours but don’t have access to public charging stations during non-business hours!
How to charge
The first step to charging your electric vehicle is plugging it in. This can be done at home or at a public charging station.
In order for the car to charge, you need a charging cable that connects from the outlet to your vehicle’s port. The cable has two ends: one end plugs into an electric outlet and the other end plugs into your car’s port (usually located on its front right side). If you don’t have access to an electric outlet near where you park, consider installing an outdoor station near where people park their cars so they can charge while they’re away from home or work!
When to charge
It’s important to remember that charging an EV is not a one-size-fits-all process. The best time to charge depends on the circumstances, so let’s take a look at some of the most common scenarios:
- Charging during off-peak hours. Off-peak hours are any time when demand on the grid is low (usually between 9pm and 6am). This means that you’ll be helping reduce strain on local power sources and saving money by avoiding peak rates. Keep in mind that some states have different definitions of “off-peak,” so check with your utility company if you’re unsure whether they offer this option in your area!
- Charging during daylight hours. The sun provides free energy, which makes it easier for people who live in sunny climates like California or Arizona than those who live further north where there may be less sunlight available throughout winter months (although this varies depending on climate zones). If possible, try making use of solar panels installed on top of homes before heading out into traffic every morning; otherwise just sit back while recharging takes place automatically thanks to built-in timers within modern EVs themselves!
If you’re charging at a public charging station, here are some best practices:
- Don’t leave your vehicle unattended while it’s charging. This prevents someone else from unplugging your car and using the space for themselves.
- Don’t charge at a public charging station if you don’t need to. If there are other vehicles waiting in line behind yours, move along or find another place where they can charge their cars as well (such as at home).
- Don’t park in a way that blocks other vehicles from using the charging station or access points such as doors and ramps into buildings with multiple floors of parking. You should also be mindful not to block any intersections when leaving the parking lot; this is especially important during rush hour when traffic is heaviest!
Electric Vehicle Charging Tips
You’ve got your electric vehicle, and you want to make sure it’s ready for the road. The first step is ensuring that you have the right equipment.
- Make sure you have the right charging station for your car
- Make sure that all of your cables are in good shape, especially if they’re old or used frequently
- Check out how much power each cable can handle before deciding which one(s) to use with what kinds of adapters and plugs
We hope you found these tips helpful! Remember that the best way to charge an electric vehicle is by using public charging stations. They’re easy to find with apps like PlugShare or ChargePoint, and they can be accessed by anyone–even if they don’t own an EV. If you do have access to home charging equipment, make sure it’s set up correctly before plugging in your car so that it doesn’t take longer than necessary. And finally, remember that there are plenty of other people out there who share our passion for clean transportation; treat them with respect when asking questions about their vehicles or borrowing power from their outlets at home