Ford Offers Rules On EV Charging Etiquette (Video + Dash Charge Card)

SEP 25 2012 BY STAFF 4

Ford's Guide To EV Etiquette

A Prius plug-in, a Ford Focus Electric and a Chevrolet Volt all arrive at a charging station at one time; which car gets the spot?

According to Ford’s electric vehicle charging etiquette tutorial, the Focus Electric does, and not just because it is from Ford.  The company goes on to state the obvious, that while no one can say for sure the pure electric Focus really needs a charge, the other two vehicles definitely do not.

Other etiquette tips?

  • Don’t disconnect other electric cars when they are charging
  • Don’t part in EV spaces unless you have an electric vehicle, or are need of a charge
  • Keep your charge cord connection neat, to avoid “tripping up” others
  • Offer to pay for ‘fuel’ when charging at private establishments, even if it is only pennies


Handy Window Charge Card Sheet From Ford To Let Others Know When It Is OK To Pull The Plug

Alright, past the first issue of which plug-in is more deserving, the rest are all fairly obvious, however Ford does suggest one good idea for users of public stations that many of us already employ.  The charge card.

Simply put, it is a sheet (ours at InsideEVs are laminated) that you put in your window after you plug in your car saying at what point you no longer need a charge and it is ok for another plug-in to disconnect your car.

Many EVs come with status lights, or indicators, to show when you car is receiving a charge and/or how far accomplished the process is; still, without a universal standard it is not fair to assume everyone knows how to accurate translate the indicator lights on your electric vehicle.  If you don’t own a Nissan LEAF, do you know what 3 solid blue lights on the dash represents?  We doubt it.

Ford has graciously made a charge card for anyone to download (PDF here), as well as a slighlty low-brow, but yet mildly amusing video walking us through “charging etiquette”.

Our question to Ford, what if a Nissan LEAF, a Ford Focus Electric and a Tesla Model S all show up at a solitary charger at the same time?  Does it go by least amount of range?


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4 Comments on "Ford Offers Rules On EV Charging Etiquette (Video + Dash Charge Card)"

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I don’t know which is more amusing – the video of the guy teaching himself, or Ford pretending that they are the EV pioneers here….

Shouldn’t it be called the EV-quette instead? Wait…


That’s better 🙂 Ford, pay up a license fee, now! 😉


Plug-Q (queuing for the plug)

This may also be a way to sort of ‘nudge’ people to consider buying a Ford Focus EV over a competitor’s EREV.

I think 120V at-work plugging in should be 120V and enough plugs to allow for all EREVs and EVs that sign-up at the workplace to use them. Employees should share the costs if possible or use some type of funky adapter so that only the EV driver can convert the twist-lock 120V to a 120V regular plug suitable for the EVSE they bring along. Until businesses get on-board with allowing 120V charging, EV adoption will be slow to grow. But like fuel for automobiles, it’s hard to offer “electric fuel” to some employees and not “gasoline fuel” to others.

Do not force to unplug a Renault EV, if the carbis locked, the pluggedin cord is locked to the car with a lock…. So if you try to unlock it without the car key, you are damaging the system. We drive a ranault kangoo Z.E. Electric van since 3 months in belgian ardennes.