As avid EV drivers, we would like to share with you 20 valuable tips to keep in mind when it comes to charging your electric vehicle (EV) at charging stations. If you are new to driving an Electric Vehicle or are thinking of getting one, keep these in mind:
1. Stay one step ahead by discovering charging stations in advance using convenient mobile apps or websites. Some good examples are:
- or good old Google Maps, just type in EV Charger and select the appropriate settings
2. Before plugging in, ensure that your EV is compatible with the charging station to avoid any compatibility issues.
3. Familiarize yourself with the different levels of charging available, including Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and the speedy DC fast charging so you know what how many kms you might expect to charge up during your stay.
4. While DC fast charging is the fastest way to charge your EV, it's important to note that not all charging stations offer this option. Relying on DC fast charging as your only charging option will degrade your battery more often so this should be used for long distance travel or convenience charging.
5. Keep in mind that Level 1 charging may be the slowest, but it can still be done using a standard 120V outlet.
6. If you're looking for a faster charging option, consider Level 2 charging, which requires a 240V outlet.
7. Be prepared to make a payment at some charging stations, so it's a good idea to have an account set up in advance for a hassle-free experience. Set up your credit card in advance so there is no fuss on the road.
8. To avoid any inconvenience, always bring your own charging cable as a backup in case the station doesn't have one available. Many workplace AC charging installations require a charging cable, so they can avoid trip hazards or damage when the charger is not being used.
9. Show consideration for others and move your vehicle once it's done charging to free up the station for those in need. I have been known to plug in someone else's vehicle when I am finished if they are parked beside me and haven't been able to charge because I was using the charger....I'm not sure if this is considerate or if there are any implications in this though. I will leave that up to you.
10. When planning your trip, take into account the charging speed and range of your EV to ensure you have enough power to reach your destination. I try to plan an activity, meal or a meeting at a coffee stop during a time that I need to charge.
11. During peak charging hours, be prepared for longer wait times at public DC stations, so plan accordingly to avoid any unnecessary delays.
12. To avoid any potential damage to your battery, make sure to keep your EV charged to at least 20%.
13. Stay aware of weather conditions, as they can impact your charging speed and range, so plan accordingly for any potential changes, I have been caught out in very cold conditions with my heater on chewing up my range.
14. Become comfortable with the range and capability of your EV on a daily basis during shorter home to work commutes for example. That will put you in good stead for being able to plan longer journeys without any range anxiety.
By keeping these tips in mind, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your EV charging experience and ensure a seamless journey ahead. It can take a little while to get your head around, but you will soon be charging ahead in no time.