More people are switching from gas-powered vehicles to electric. If you’ve ever thought about getting an EV, you should know that Erie Station Village has several charging stations just off Hendrix Road. And if you’re new to the world of electric vehicles, you should also know there’s an etiquette to using charging stations. That’s because unlike filling your gas tank at a station, charging an EV takes a bit more time. That means sharing charging facilities with others and following these four simple rules.
Don’t be the EV driver who treats a charging station as a personal all-day parking spot. EV charging stations are for charging, not parking. Know your vehicle and how long charging takes, then set an alarm on your phone to remind you it’s time to move your vehicle.
Don’t Unplug Others Without Permission
In the same way that it’s not okay to leave your car in a charging port longer than needed, it’s also not okay to unplug another’s vehicle. The exception is when the driver has left a note or sign giving permission. You can now buy small placards that hang on the charger and indicate it’s okay for other drivers to unplug your car. Some even include space to write a note indicating what time your charge should be finished.
Don’t Always Charge to 100%
Most EVs slow down the charging rate of a fast charge once the car is charged to 80%. If you’re in an area with a high demand for chargers, consider wrapping up your charging session once you hit 80%.
Put the Connector Back
Placing the connector securely in the charger holster when you’re finished helps prevent damage to the connector and eliminates a tripping hazard for other EV drivers.