Ask the EV Experts: Is It Safe to Charge My Electric Car in the Rain?
02.07.2017 - by John U'Ren
Ask the EV Experts: Is It Safe to Charge My Electric Car in the Rain?

In our latest episode of Ask the EV Experts, we answer a question from Kyle in Utah. Have a question of your own? Post it on Facebook, Tweet at us or email us at info@pluginamerica.org #AskTheEVExpert

Question:

“Is it safe to charge my electric car in the rain?”

Answer:

Yes!

We all know that water conducts electricity, so shouldn’t we be concerned that charging your car in the rain is like swimming in a lake during a thunderstorm?  Fortunately, electric car chargers are weatherproof and are specifically designed to protect both the car and its humans from electrical shock.  Electric vehicle chargers are rigorously tested by OSHA-certified laboratories and have to meet stringent safety standards set by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Before an OEM can use just any old part, it needs to be tested. Waterproofing electrical connectors is pretty routine. They even have to pass fire hose testing where the connector is subjected to high pressure spray.

Furthermore, “federal law requires manufacturers to test many consumer products for compliance with consumer product safety requirements. Electric shock is among them.” (visit https://www.cpsc.gov/ for more information)

So if you find yourself in the rain with your electric car, don’t give plugging in a second thought.

It’s totally safe.

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