Electric Vehicle Etiquette By ClipperCreek – Infographic

2 years ago by Mark Kane 39

A few things to note when public charging

A few things to note when public charging

ClipperCreek recently released anĀ interesting infographic – Electric Vehicle Etiquette.

EV Etiquette is important collection of behaviors related to charging EVs at public charging points, which makes life with plug-ins easier and conflict-free.

The infographic is below, and as always we are sure there could be a lot more added to Clipper’s list of considerations if space provided:

Electric Vehicle Etiquette By ClipperCreek

Electric Vehicle Etiquette By ClipperCreek

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39 responses to "Electric Vehicle Etiquette By ClipperCreek – Infographic"

  1. Anon says:

    Common sense stuff. But as many have been improperly, yet oft quoted as saying, “Common sense is the most uncommon of all the senses.” šŸ˜‰

  2. Speculawyer says:

    Yeah, it is common sense.

    Although if I have a pure electric that is completely empty and I can’t get anywhere, I would definitely unplug a PHEV to get some charge and then plug it back into the PHEV after I’m done.

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      According to the rules above, you should leave a note when you do that…

      I think most PHEV owners would find that acceptable if you truly need the charge to get somewhere.

      If the station is paid station, then how do you plug it back in without using a key to activate it? Are you going to pay for the juice?

      1. Chris says:

        I would say sure, why not pay for the car you unplug, but the first car may overstay and incur unreasonable charges, compared to the actual max kwh in most phev.

    2. All-Purpose Guru says:

      As a driver of a BEV if you unplug my car because you’re completely out of juice and can’t get to another station I’m totally OK with that.

      I keep a pen and heavy-duty post-it-notes in the glove compartment of my car for just that reason.

    3. Taser54 says:

      I would let the air of your tires. I needed it more.

    4. Liuping says:

      You should check with the PHEV owner first. He may be low/out of gas and needs the charge to get home too. Some Volt owners basically never use gas, and rarely have much in the tank, since it just adds weight.

  3. All-Purpose Guru says:

    How common is the “leave the charge port door open if you want to be plugged in” signal? That’s a thing here in Silicon Valley, but I don’t know if it’s widespread– I was surprised it wasn’t on the infographic.

    1. alohart says:

      Seems to be a common signal in Honolulu as well. I have responded to this signal by plugging in another PHEV after I was finished charging, and others have responded to my signal as well.

    2. Oswald says:

      Can also vouch for seeing this done in Atlanta.

  4. Zukidrvr says:

    I printed up 3×5 cards that say “Please move your car when your charge is complete so that others can charge too. Thank you.” And “Please do not block this charging station. We do not block your gas pumps. Thank you.” I leave them under their wiper when appropriate.

    1. Open-Mind says:

      “We do not block your gas pumps. ”

      The very large lot where I work has four EV spots serviced by two ChargePoint chargers. The one EV in this large lot (Nissan Leaf) is always parked in one of the four EV spots, but never charging. Yet I have never seen a gasoline car parked in one of those spots. This has been the case for over a year.

  5. Ken says:

    My newer Leaf has a switch where you can lock the charging plug until the car is fully charged. I never use it though, as its always set on the unlocked always setting in case someone needs to unplug me. But why is it, that every fully charged Volt that i unplug sounds the car’s annoying alarm. I just laugh and plug my Leaf in. You’re entitled to the charge just as much as i am especially if you are paying a fee. But damnit, move your car when its finished. I once unplugged a Volt that was connected for 37 hours! A full charge takes what 4 hours even with the 3kw charger. Isn’t there a way for Volt owners to disable the alarm?

    1. They can disable the alarm and should. Never used the alarm when we had the Volt. The only charge station we used away from home was at a mall. I left a large note on the car with the malls service desk phone number. If a BEV needed to charge they called the service desk and they would contact me and we immediately moved the car. The longer we had that car the less we used public charging because we felt guilty for hogging the spot for hours for a few miles of electric range. That anemic charge rate makes very poor use of limited public charging infrastructure.

      I’ll take issue with never unplugging a hybrid. Especially if they do not provide a means to contact the driver so the car can be moved.

      If charging spaces are limited it could be considered poor etiquette to plug a hybrid in to begin with.

      1. KenZ says:

        Wait a minute…. How??? We must be idiots (don’t say it…). We’ve had our volt on lease for three years and never figured out how to disable it. When you lock the car, the alarm on removal is set. We even called that GM help line thing and they said it couldn’t be disabled!

        1. ModernMarvelFan says:

          Under the configuration manual, you can go to the security settings or locking/unlocking menu, or one of those settings to select the alarm setting for the Volt.

          Volt by default will have horns on when power is cut or when the plug is removed if the car is connected. But you can remove both alarms.

        2. Foo says:

          Did you try reading the manual?

      2. Clarence says:

        The low charging speed of non-Tesla cars is why they aren’t allowed to use Tesla Super Chargers. They would occupy space for too long.

        1. alohart says:

          No EV, including Teslas, whose owners haven’t prepaid Tesla to use its Superchargers, are authorized to use them. Also, Superchargers have a proprietary charging plug that no non-Tesla EV can use. So charging speed has nothing to do with it.

  6. Per “Isnā€™t there a way for Volt owners to disable the alarm?”, Big Bob Lutz says the Volt is his proudest product design. Alarming! :^)

    That question is one best for Volt Forum. More detailed discussion on that there, as I remember from some time back.

  7. Pino says:

    Yes a Volt can be set to disable the plug alarm. Very easily done vehicle menu.

  8. Will Davis says:

    I dunno about America but in Europe when you lock an i3 the plug locks in place too.

    1. David D. Nelson says:

      Is the charging cord permanently attached to the EVSE or do you have to bring your own? If your own, that would be reason to always lock the plug at the car. In the US each station has a permanently attached cord so the need to lock the plug is reduced.

  9. Jeffrey Songster says:

    The other cool feature of our LEAFs is that the lock can be set to auto. Unlocking after the charge finishes. I only use it when I need it to get to destination.

  10. Nemo says:

    I get why they suggest offering to pay a friend for the charge, but realistically, it’s a petty sum. If your friend gives you a cup of coffee, should you offer to pay for that?

    1. Foo says:

      It’s just etiquette. It is polite the offer to pay.

      As a side-benefit, it is also educational for your neighbor/friend, when you explain to them how you just “filled up” your car for, like, $2.

    2. James says:

      No, but fueling your car is different.

      Would you go to a friend’s house and ask for five bucks to put a couple gallons in your car for the drive home? Of course not, and he/she would not offer to, either.

      We all collectively as a society do not need to be educated about coffee ( unless you live in the Pacific NW – there are a lot of coffee snobs living here )….

      Buying and driving an electrified car means we are automatically educators of the common man in that regard. Assuming they know how much juice your car will need, and how much per kwh they pay – is rude and will not be well recieved by anyone. It’s polite to say, “hey can I plug into that outdoor outlet over there for the hour I’m going to be here?” Then tell them how much they pay per kwh and it will only be X amount, and offer to pay them. 9 times out of 10 they’ll say , “hey, don’t worry about it”.

      Don’t be that mooch that always expects the micro brew every time you visit a pal.

      1. James says:

        Most EV owners I know look at themselves as ambassadors of the plug, who live in a foreign land.

      2. DTM says:

        Now and then bring a bottle of wine or something and Plug in.

  11. Goofcat says:

    I got unplugged at a spot by a leaf owner. Parking enforcement gave me a ticket for parking in a charging spot and not charging.

    1. James says:

      @Goofcat

      Did you contest the ticket?

  12. DL says:

    “Don’t charge if you don’t need to”

    Does a PHEV ever NEED to charge? This sounds to judgmental to me. How do you define need versus what someone else feels?

    Seems to me that first come first served is the only objective way to treat priority.

    1. David S. says:

      That should be “Don’t park at a charging spot if you don’t need to charge”

    2. lithium78 says:

      Since the only way to have a one-vehicle EV solution at this time without being a millionaire is to buy a PHEV, I will plug our car in whenever I feel like it. It only takes 2.5 hours to charge up with a Level 2 charger anyway, so the BEV owners can cry me a river.

      1. James says:

        lithium78 – OK, but are you going to unplug and plug in the LEAF next to you when he leaves you a kind note asking for you to plug him in before you drive off*? Or – are you going to toss his note on the ground and leave?

        Your tone suggests you’re the, “he/she can just go screw themselves” kind of guy. I hope my assumptions and instincts are wrong.

        *If charging is free or pre-paid for, of course.

  13. Peter B says:

    Sad to report in the Bay Area, the worst offenders of etiquette are those with the most expensive EVs. Emily Post did not write her book to train the poor to act like the rich, but rather to teach the nouveau riche how to treat others the others with respect and kindness.

  14. It’s okay to pull out the charger from a Tesla camping out on a free charger if you have compliance EV.

    It’s rude of the Tesla to take up a spot when they don’t need to.

    What would be nice is if the cars showed how much range they have. The Fords show 4 quadrants so they can show the range in 25% pieces.

    1. Liuping says:

      You are making some assumptions about the need of the Tesla to charge. When traveling to other cities, I’ve needed to charge on occasion at public chargers. Why are you more entitled to use the charger than I am? Unplugging me means I will not be able to get to my destination.

      1. My assumption is correct is most cases but not all. Most Teslas do not need the charge. I’ve never seen a Tesla on a charger was not free.