Here are some of the best charging etiquette ideas for electric vehicle drivers compiled from ClipperCreek customers and fans.
You can also download of this graphic EV Etiquette.
- Consider leaving a note on your car letting people know when it’s okay to unplug.
- Wind the cord neatly and place it where no one can trip.
- Don’t charge if you don’t need to. Don’t park at a charging spot if you don’t need to charge.
- Leave the charge port door open if you want to be plugged in. When you unplug, check for EVs with their charge port open and plug them in.
- Only occupy a charging spot while your car is being charged. When the charging session is completed, unplug and move your car.
- If a charging station is in use, and you can park near enough, leave a note on the owner’s vehicle asking them to plug your car in when their session is complete.
- A pure electric car owner should never unplug a hybrid just because that car has a back up gas engine.
- Offer to pay for the charge if you charge at a friend’s house. This is proper etiquette and it’s also a great conversation starter. Your friend will probably be surprised at how little it costs to charge compared to fuel.
- If the charging spot you counted on using is ICE’d go ahead and leave a polite note; hopefully it was an oversight and your note will convince them not to do it again.
- It’s absolutely never acceptable for an internal combustion car to park in a spot designated for an electric vehicle. It’s referred to as ICE-ing and it’s a big no-no!
- It’s fine for one plug-in vehicle owner to unplug another, if the first car has clearly finished charging. Leave a note explaining why it was unplugged. Try to make contact prior to unplugging.
If you have additional etiquette ideas, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org for possible inclusion in future versions.