A few years ago, you were not looking for a charging stations for your plug-in electric vehicle (PEV). There was no need for offering free power and prime parking to those who wanted a quick charge . Besides there weren’t any PEVs on the road.
Today, there’s a different story.
PEVs are more popular today because one can travel further with longer ranges, ludicrous power, and now we need more power and need to charge more quickly.
But its tougher to find a parking spot to charge.
Many such charging spots provide free power and prime parking.
In order to avoid the problem there are a few rules we all need to abide by.
Plan ahead. If your battery is flashing red, and you need a charge now..don’t wait or you find the spot occupied.
Make sure you have all the extra cables needed in case you have to improvise. (see our list of products)
It’s one of personal responsibility.
If your down to the last 20 percent.
Know that the batteries charge quickly to the halfway point. As the charge continues to 80 percent, the charging slows to a trickle.
So if you have the time top it off…. that last additional 50 miles to improve your range, but its going take while.
Charge up, then move out.
Give the other like minded a chance. Park elsewhere when your trickling’s done.
Don’t hog the free-parking
Don’t personalize it. If you parked there since you bought your new electric car remember your neighbor who just took delivery of hers will also want a charge.
If you’re not plugged in, don’t park. Though this should go without saying, give your fellow charger a break.
Remember Tesla owned AC charging stations are for Tesla cars.
Just because you have J1772 charging connector does not mean you can plug into a Nissan, Ford or Chevy dealer Service Center…especially with out asking.
To drive up to any these sites for any reason without asking even though no one is there or if after hours could still be a big problem unless you have their brand of car and are authorize to be there.
Ok, so you still need a charge .
Do you have a public network card?
Like ChargePoint card?
Or Blink Network card?
How about EVgo Card?
Oh, you in Europe try PluginSurfing or Pluggedinmidlands
Other come to mind:
Like Greenlots, EVconnect, Evsolutions, AeroVironment, SemaConnect, etc).
How about free… Goggle “free plugin”
Ask first if you don’t have a public access charge card.
If there’s a question about plugging in anywhere, we recommend getting permission first.
But just because you have EZ-Charge card does NOT grant permission for use it at any charging stations, anywhere, at any time.
Back to the Charge
We see that many manufactures of electric cars have donated charge stations to hotels, motels, restaurant, malls and the like… for what purpose to increase revenue…. for example Tesla. Tesla charging station is intended for the use for Tesla owners while at that hotel. Other like BMW, Chevy, Ford Nissan, Kia, or others have donated thousands of charging stations around the world.
The point here is, every one should be courtesy and show respect to our like mined neighbor.
Need More Planing.
Most of the current manufactures have software in the vehicle that lists all the nearest charging stations .
Use an app. There are a variety of apps that list charging stations in any city.
There are many For-profit charging stations using apps that that not only point you to stations, but tell you if a spot is occupied.
Be aware of busy times. Don’t expect to find a spot at mall during prime shopping hours.
What other concern should we be aware of?
In California, we see a big turn of events.