Ask the EV Experts: Charging Etiquette


Ask the EV Experts: Charging Etiquette

In our latest episode of Ask the EV Experts, we answer a questions from two of our viewers, Joe and Robert. Have a question of your own? Let us know in the comments below, post it on Facebook, Tweet at us, or email us at #AskTheEVExpert

Question 1:

“Does it hurt my car to use only level 2 charging? I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to plug in on a level 1 charger as well. What do you think?”


So the simple answer is yes, plugging in on level 1 instead of level 2 is technically better for overall battery life and health. However, at the end of the day, the car has to be convenient for you. If you need to charge on level 2 to meet your daily needs, then charge on level 2 – and don’t worry about hurting the battery. Charging on level 2 all the time isn’t going to make a significant difference in the lifecycle of your battery.

Question 2:

“When an electric car is parked next to you with its charging door open and there are no available chargers, is that a hint to plug them in when you are done?”


Yes! This is indeed them asking you to plug them in when you’re done. Now this will only work at stations that have free charging, since the charge session at a pay station usually automatically ends when you unplug. However, if you happen to be at a free station, definitely do plug them in – they will appreciate it!

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