Avoiding conflicts between petrol car drivers and electric vehicle owners

e-car charging parking San Francisco. Photo by mariordo59.
San Francisco. Photo by mariordo59.

Even if you don’t drive an electric car, you are probably aware of the way these vehicles are charged. Depending on the car (how modern it is) and the charging station (which electricity options and ports it has), topping up a battery may take some time – from 15 minutes to a few hours. Since gasoline car owners may regard a charging station that no one is using as a free car park, conflicts are inevitable.

It is worth reminding owners of petrol cars that charging an electric car on the go is not as easy as filling a tank with fuel. An e-car owner must locate a charging station that is compatible with the car’s battery system. An application, like PlugShare or ChargePoint can help with this. In addition, payment methods at charging stations vary, encouraging drivers to carry multiple payments cards with them. Nonetheless, the driver wants to find a station where he knows he can pay for the electricity.

electric vehicle charging station map

When the driver of an electric car reaches a charging station, and it happens to be available, all is well. Plug in the charger and have a coffee or lunch – depending on the allowed charging time.

What if the parking space next to the charging station has been occupied by cars running on petrol? What if an electric vehicle owner left his car to charge and went to movies, although the station explicitly states that 30 minutes is the maximum allowed time?

Try to Help You has produced a video that talks about electric car charging ports, charging stations and human behavior in real life situations. Take a look. First, the host introduces different types of charging ports, at minute 6 he starts an introduction to charging stations and payment methods, and at minute 9:30 he talks about incidents and somewhat odd human behavior at charging stations.

Human behavior at electric car charging stations indicate that they are something new where a universally acceptable etiquette hasn’t developed yet. People conducting questionable behavior have already been labeled as Gasholes and Evholes.

As electric vehicles become mass market products, the number of public charging stations will increase as well, but it is inevitable that some stations are more popular than others, causing queues to form at these stations. If someone blocks access to a charging point or charges longer than allowed, it will not be tolerated. Hopefully the learning curve is short and peaceful as transportation shifts to electric era.

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