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As electric vehicles (EVs) become increasingly popular, the need for public charging stations is growing. For EV owners, these stations are lifelines that keep their electric cars on the road. To make the most of your EV charging experience at public stations, it’s important to understand the basics and etiquette of EV charging. 

Plan Ahead & Arrive Prepared: Before heading out on a trip, plan your charging stops along the way. Use mobile apps and online maps to locate charging stations along your route. You can find our EVX Polechargers here. Check station availability and any fees associated with usage. Ensure that you bring your charging cable and adapter with you. While some public stations provide cables, others do not. Having your own ensures compatibility and convenience, especially if the station is busy.

Follow Instructions & Understand Charging Type: Pay attention to station instructions. Some may require user authentication or payment through mobile apps or RFID cards. Ensure you understand the station’s operation before plugging in. Know the charging speeds of the station you’re using. DC fast chargers offer rapid charging, ideal for quick top-ups. Level 2 chargers (AC) are slower but great for longer stops, like during a meal, shopping or while at work. To learn more about the different types of chargers and when to use each, check out our blog on the “right” charging speed.

Mind the Etiquette & Be Respectful: Charging stations can get crowded. Avoid occupying charging spots longer than necessary.When your EV is done charging, move it promptly to free up the space for others. Charging stations are shared resources. Respect the property and the surrounding environment. Dispose of trash responsibly.

Report Issues & Stay Informed: If you encounter a malfunctioning station, report it to the station operator or through the provided contact information. Your feedback can help improve station reliability. Stay up-to-date with your EV’s charging capabilities and any software updates. Some updates can enhance charging efficiency and compatibility with various stations.

Using public charging stations is an essential part of owning an electric vehicle. By following these best practices, you can ensure a hassle-free and efficient charging experience while contributing to a smoother operation of public charging infrastructure. Whether you’re a seasoned EV owner or new to electric mobility, these tips can help you make the most of your EV journeys and continue enjoying the benefits of clean and sustainable transportation.