Today is World EV Day, a day aimed at celebrating e-mobility as a key tool in striving for a greener future for all.
Driving an electric vehicle (EV) is certainly a little different from driving a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE). On the upside, an EV tends to be quieter, more powerful, easier to maintain and fitted with the latest technology. There are a few common early adopter annoyances, however, often related to charging.
Here, especially for World EV Day, we’ve put together six simple tips to help EV drivers to connect with their EVs – and with fellow EV drivers – even more successfully.
1. Consider others when charging in public
When using public charging points, it is crucial to take other people’s needs into consideration. For example, never unplug another driver’s EV. And just as you would never park at an unused fuel pump, don’t park in an EV charging spot if you don’t intend to use the charger. If you do need to charge your EV, think how long you will need and don’t hog it unnecessarily.
2. Look after public charging points
Treat public charging infrastructure with just as much care and respect as you would your own charging solutions at home. That will keep it in optimal working order to provide fast and flawless charging for everyone.
3. Explore the whole range of available charging options
An EV is similar to the average car: it’s inactive for around 20 hours every day. Utilise the vehicle’s downtime and charge it whenever and wherever you can access power – whether at a fast-charging point or public charging point while you’re out shopping or at the gym, while you work or via a wall-mounted unit outside your home overnight.
4. Plan ahead
If you’re embarking on a longer journey, plan your route in advance and make use of online or onboard mapping services, apps and other tools to identify which public charging points you can use along the way.
5. Look after your battery
To maximise the battery capacity and minimise the impact on driving range, avoid leaving your EV with a low battery level for a long period of time. If possible, park in an enclosed or sheltered location.
6. Sharing is caring
Actively participate in the EV community by sharing these and also your own tips on topics such as vehicle usage and charging when talking to friends and family, or with fellow EV drivers in your local area through apps and forums.
Find out more
At LeasePlan, our EV specialists are happy to help you with any questions, ranging from vehicle choice and charging solutions to implementation services. Feel free to contact us. [LINK to website or contact details]
About World EV Day
[i] As a virtual event, World EV Day 2020 will be streamed via social media channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, so you can join in whether you are at home or in the office.