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Charging Etiquette!

FloridaSun

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Apr 19, 2021
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While Supercharging etiquette has been discussed here, I wanted to post a few rules that everyone should follow when using public chargers.

1) Don't charge to a high SoC on a fast charger like Chademo (with adapter) or Superchargers when others are waiting to charge. Speed slows down significantly after 80% and you could finish the last few % on Level 2 if you really need that extra charge.

2) Don't leave your car connected to a public charger after charging has finished. Don't be a jerk, orhers may need a charge too, so move your car when done.

3) Don't just park in a charging spot without plugging in for the same reason as 2)

4) Never unplug another car to plug in yours unless they have a sign that it's ok to do so.

5) Don't use public chargers like it's your personal home charger and leave your car all day plugged in unless of course there are plenty of EVSE's and you are not stopping others from getting a charge.

6) If the charger you are using is a single charger that is not networked, please check in and out on the plugshare app, so others know if it's available or not.

7) Generally, if you can, use plugshare for check ins or comments for example if chargers are working or if they have issues so others can avoid the charger if it's broken etc..
 
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dogmodes

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2) Don't leave your car connected to a public charger after charging has finished. Don't be a jerk, orhers may need a charge too, so move your car when done.
5) Don't use public chargers like it's your personal home charger and leave your car all day plugged in unless of course there are plenty of EVSE's and you are not stopping others from getting a charge.

So what’s the proper etiquette here. We only have 2 Tesla chargers at my work (shared) garage. There are signs saying 3 hour charging be courteous. There’s a black model 3 that is there 6-8+ hours everyday. It’s only prevented me from charging once or twice but now that more people are coming to the office it’s going to be a pain. I’ll probably leave the guy a note.

If I’m at a place like a hotel with say 5 empty chargers I may leave it for a day or so but put a note on my dash with my number. If I feel there’s any chance someone would need it I move it when it’s done.
 

FloridaSun

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Apr 19, 2021
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So what’s the proper etiquette here. We only have 2 Tesla chargers at my work (shared) garage. There are signs saying 3 hour charging be courteous. There’s a black model 3 that is there 6-8+ hours everyday. It’s only prevented me from charging once or twice but now that more people are coming to the office it’s going to be a pain. I’ll probably leave the guy a note.

If I’m at a place like a hotel with say 5 empty chargers I may leave it for a day or so but put a note on my dash with my number. If I feel there’s any chance someone would need it I move it when it’s done.
I don't see an issue if you leave a note in the dash with your number.. I usually charge overnight at Hotels with chargers as I'm not getting up 5 am to unplug..
As for charging limits, I would leave a note for someone exceeding them on a regular basis.
I personally like the idea of the charger operator to offer 3 hours free charging and charge 40 cents per minute after that.. People will move their cars quickly..
 
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73Bruin

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Nov 7, 2020
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While Supercharging etiquette has been discussed here, I wanted to post a few rules that everyone should follow when using public chargers.

1) Don't charge to a high SoC on a fast charger like Chademo (with adapter) or Superchargers when others are waiting to charge. Speed slows down significantly after 80% and you could finish the last few % on Level 2 if you really need that extra charge.

Regarding item #1. I have no problem going above 80%, if I need that charge to reach my destination and it's uncertain if there are other chargers that I can use in the way or at my destination. As I found out the hard way, hotel destination chargers especially may not be available. After running into that situation and thinking myself lucky to find a 110 outlet in the parking structure, I will always plan to have enough charge left to get to the next supercharger.
 

Pianewman

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Haven't had to use destination charging, but it makes me nervous. Slow charging means the space is taken up the entire night, and there just aren't enough spots available in most places I've checked.
 

FloridaSun

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Apr 19, 2021
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Lakeland, Florida
Regarding item #1. I have no problem going above 80%, if I need that charge to reach my destination and it's uncertain if there are other chargers that I can use in the way or at my destination. As I found out the hard way, hotel destination chargers especially may not be available. After running into that situation and thinking myself lucky to find a 110 outlet in the parking structure, I will always plan to have enough charge left to get to the next supercharger.
Of course, if you need the charge, there is no issue but recently, there was a Lady with a Bolt charging on a 50kw CCS/Chademo charger.. Her plate indicated that she lived in that county and she was sitting at 95%, charging at 3kw from 95 to 100%. There was a Level 2 charger (7kw) right beside and she could have finished her charge at the same speed instead of hogging the fast charger at Level 2 speeds. There was a Model 3 and myself (in my Kona Electric, before I had the Y) waiting for like 30 mins until she charged from 95 to 100%..
 

FloridaSun

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I've seen that exact video before.. Very informative.. I watched it before I took delivery of my Y.. Haven's Supercharged yet but I had a session on a free 50kw Chademo charger today with the Chademo Adapter.. Worked perfectly!! I'll only use Supercharging for road trips.. No need to waste my free supercharger miles when I'm around my area as I have too many free Level 2 and Chademo options..
 

threeputts

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Regarding item #1. I have no problem going above 80%, if I need that charge to reach my destination and it's uncertain if there are other chargers that I can use in the way or at my destination. As I found out the hard way, hotel destination chargers especially may not be available. After running into that situation and thinking myself lucky to find a 110 outlet in the parking structure, I will always plan to have enough charge left to get to the next supercharger.
When trip planning now I favor hotels that are near superchargers as a backup, if I bother to pick a hotel with a charger at all. Level 2 charging availability is pretty low on my list of priorities for choosing hotels for road trips. If it's a hotel I may have picked anyway great but I won't go out of the way to stay at one or pay more for a similar room.
 

73Bruin

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When trip planning now I favor hotels that are near superchargers as a backup, if I bother to pick a hotel with a charger at all. Level 2 charging availability is pretty low on my list of priorities for choosing hotels for road trips. If it's a hotel I may have picked anyway great but I won't go out of the way to stay at one or pay more for a similar room.
In my case, the hotel was my destination and not a way point on a longer trip. If it had been a way point I would agree with you. In my case the hotel was the front for the time-share that my wife and I own in Carmel. I knew it had 2 Tesla destination chargers, but was told in advance that they get a lot of use by the guests and there was no guarantees that I would get charging time on them. They said that they did not monitor or otherwise control their usage and only asked the guests to be courteous.

Accordingly, I wanted to have enough juice to get to the hotel and then reach a supercharger at some point on our stay or before we started our return trip. As it turned out I was able to get a couple of overnight charges on a 110 outlet that added about 60 miles of charge which took care of our driving needs while there. Then as luck would have it, I was able to get a 90% charge on one of their destination chargers the night before we left.
 

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