The electric car market is expanding quickly in the UK, with nearly 300,000 fully electric cars registered, this figure rises to more than 600,000 when plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are added in. To accompany this the public charging infrastructure is also expanding rapidly to meet demand.
The EV driver community has a commonly accepted set of behaviours that are considered good manners for using the public charger network. With the growing trend for electric cars and influx of new owners, now is as good a time as any to brush up on public charger etiquette to ensure you have a hassle-free charging experience when you’re out and about. If you're interested in learning more about the hybrid electric vehicle range at Peoples Ford, just click here.
There are some generally accepted rules which apply to all types of chargers:
Rapid Charger Etiquette
Rapid chargers typically deliver a charge of up to 50kw, though some such as Ford partner IONITY can deliver up to 150kw! These always have a tethered cable and charge your car in a very short period of time. They are also sometimes known as DC or CCS chargers. These types of chargers deliver the fastest charging experience, making them the most sought after by users looking to charge quickly and continue their journey.
They come with their own guidance:
Destination Charger Etiquette
Destination chargers are also known as slow chargers, Type 2 or AC chargers. They normally deliver a charge of between 3-22kW and are intended for longer stays. These can be found anywhere but they’re generally more plentiful and found in destinations such as train stations, shopping centres, supermarkets and workplaces.
There are fewer rules for destination chargers than rapid charges. As destination chargers can be used for extended charging it is generally accepted that you can leave your vehicle unattended in these spaces until it is fully charge. A maximum stay of 12 hours is considered the general rule for destination chargers, however many would consider this a bit lenient. It is always good practice to monitor your car charging and move the car from the space when it is fully charged.
Other things to note
It should also go without saying that charging bays for electric vehicles should only be used by electric vehicles. Parking a petrol or diesel car in them is known as ICE-ing the bay, with ICE standing for Internal Combustion Engine.
It may not fall within an etiquette guide but it’s also worth noting that you can charge most electric vehicles from a standard 3-pin wall socket, though you may need an adaptor or different cable from your manufacturer to do so. This is commonly known as a Type one cable or sometimes called a ‘granny charger’ and although a slow way to charge a car it can be very useful especially on holidays, when staying with family or for charging at home if you don’t yet have a Wallbox or are unable to install one.
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