Video: Etiquette Tips For EV Owners


From the video description on YouTube:

EV Etiquette Explained

EV Etiquette Explained

“Some electric vehicle owners are bristling at being unplugged, having to unplug other idle cars or simply seeing their parking spots snatched up by non-EV drivers. Two industry experts weigh in on proper etiquette at the pump — or, charging station.”

Those industry experts are Marc Geller from Plug In America and Forrest North from Recargo.

We’d have to say that we basically agree with all the points made in the video.

It’s called courtesy.

Let’s all try to remember to be courteous, especially during the holiday season.

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I like the cards on the dash idea…

In the near future, why not ask the EV itself what its charging status / driver preference, is? It would be similar to asking your phone (Siri) a question…

If you ignore the vehicle and unplug it without its permission, it can yell for assistance. 😉

There is pretty much zero reason to plug in my Volt. An hour only gives 10 miles range maximum and the generator needs to run anyway for maintenance reasons.

If there were free chargers at work, I might use it. I get to work and back most days on one charge though.

It’s just too much hassle for me to plug in when away from my garage.

And there is every reason to plug in my Volt. I did not buy a car with a plug to drive it on fossil fuels, if I can help it. That means plugging it in every chance I get.

The issue of “need” and its determination is crucial when talking about “priorities” at charging stations. People making false assumptions and taking risks based on those do not have a “priority” just because they are stuck and may have to wait a while or seek alternative transportation modes. If you want to talk about an “etiquette” how about taking proper care of the charging stations? This means before leaving to neatly wind the cord and insert the plug in its protective holster or socket so that it does not lay on the dirty ground, does not corrode, does not get plowed over with snow, and does not get driven over and damaged by cars. It also means using notes and apps to indicate your usage, but also to report the status of the station to the community and the owner/operator when it needs attention. It also means guarding it against vandals and against ICEing. It also means educating people about the use of plugins and public charging. How about promoting the installation of new charging stations by working with businesses, dealerships, employers, governments and institutions and helping pay for the installation? How about sharing your home charging facilities and welcoming… Read more »


Maybe a partial answer is charging stations need to be more carefully located. We keep hearing of all the 75% of the stations unused for 3 months at a time, or some such thing. Then others are used all the time.

Apartment dwellers who currently have few choices at home to plug in, barring throwing a 110 extension cord out the window down to their cars, probably qualify as the neediest.