Drivers who invest in electric cars are not only helping the environment, but are taking advantage of a renewable energy source that is the embodiment of future transportation.
By deciding to bypass on petrol, constituents are not going to suffer from predictable price gouges and market fluctuations that so many others will fall pray to.
In order to utilise this technology though, drivers have to adapt to electric vehicle charging stations – outlets that have their own protocol.
We will detail 5 of the top tips to leveraging these locations.
Tip 1: 100% is Ideal But Not Essential
Much like using our phones, we would ideally love to max out and hit that 100% charge threshold. It provides peace of mind knowing that it is juiced up to capacity and ready to be used. The fact remains though that there are time pressures and practical considerations at play with electric vehicle charging stations that stand in contrast to our mobile use. Unless the journey is extensive and there is doubt about upcoming availability, then it is fine to hit the road with upwards of 70-80%.
Tip 2: Avoid Squatting On The Charge
We have all done it at one point in time – leaving the device on charge and forgetting about it as the battery sits on 100%. This is an exercise that doesn’t do the phone or tablet any assistance and neither does it help matter when using electric vehicle charging stations. There is etiquette here though to ensure that all drivers are satisfied and not denied their chance to recharge. Some users can confuse these locations with pseudo parking stations – but they are nothing of the kind.
Tip 3: Feeling Accustomed to Station Protocols & Asking Questions
There should be more ubiquity with electric vehicle charging stations in 2020 than there is today, but this is a challenge that will improve over time. For drivers who are new to this process, they should carefully examine the payment methods, the card access, the availability of the outlets and any other concerns that they have before using the chargers. Depending on the time and location there might not be any genuine assistance available on site, so it is important to run through the Q&A’s and receive tutorials and demonstrations on what constitutes best practice. This is a bold new approach to transportation, so there are no questions that are off limits in this setting.
Tip 4: Using Local Search Apps
Although they are still in the early development phase, there are mobile phone apps that help to point drivers in the right direction for electric vehicle charging stations. These services are applied to regular petrol stations as well, but like many citizens, we often don’t invest a couple of minutes of energy into these searches and end up paying more because a station is conveniently placed along our commute. Especially for long distance charging where extra fast charging is required, drivers should not be settling for anything less than the very best available on the market.
Tip 5: Invest In Your Own Domestic Charging Station
While having electric vehicle charging stations in public domains is necessary and essential, there is no substitute for having a home outlet that caters to this need. This is a space where there are no time pressures and no other etiquettes to follow, allowing the user to utilise the technology at their own discretion. If there is a fault with this operating model and there is a growing reliability on public outlets, then it should be addressed with the provider. That will help to lower the demand for electric vehicle charging stations while still having them as a contingency on the road.