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Hotel charging etiquette...

Discussion in 'North America' started by Mayhemm, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Mayhemm

    Mayhemm Model S P85+ "Lola"

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    When I get my Model S in the Spring, I plan to take my holidays and drive across the country (Canada), culminating with my friend's wedding in Nova Scotia. I've already got a rough draft of my route and have selected EV-friendly hotels with on-site charging to spend each night.

    Something got me thinking though, what is the proper etiquette for using a hotel charger? I guess my original plan was to check in at the hotel, grab something to eat, plug in my car, and head to bed for the night. My car would occupy the charger from ~10pm to ~6am whether it was charging or not. Now, I'll probably be pretty low on power when I roll in to town and will need most, if not all, of that time to actually charge, but what if someone else checks into the hotel late and needs the charger? The chances of this occurring at this point in time are very rare, but I don't want to be the jerk who blocked the charger all night when someone else needed it, either.

    What is the proper procedure here? Do I have to wander out and move my car at 2 or 3 in the morning if it happens to finish charging early? Do I leave a note with the front desk with my contact info which they can give to someone who inquires about using the charger? Do I play the odds and just not worry about it?
     
  2. Jdcleary

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    I leave a note on my dash with my name and cell phone number so they can call me.
     
  3. dhrivnak

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    A note on the dash is what i normally do. Electricauto.org has a nice one you can pull.
     
  4. dsm363

    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    #4 dsm363, Sep 12, 2013
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    If you will be fully charged before you go to bed then it might be nice to unplug if you can. If it will finish deep into the night I don't think anyone expects your to unplug at 4AM.

    Leaving a note saying at least 'if you need to unplug me, contact the front desk and they will reach me' or leaving your mobile number too works. You could also unplug first thing when you wake up before breakfast in case someone comes in early. Good luck!
     
  5. PhilBa

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    I'd also inform the hotel staff. In some hotels they might evenmove your car for you - if you trust them with your baby...
     
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    You could even estimate your anticipated charge time based on the rate of charge and how far until you have until full (or your target charge level). On your sign you could post the time you expect the charging to complete so another EV could unplug you and use the charger without wondering if they are interrupting your charge. This assumes the charger is accessible from more than one space (many are) and the space is open for the other driver.
     
  7. Mayhemm

    Mayhemm Model S P85+ "Lola"

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    I'm not sure this would work, due to the tapering of the charge rate as the battery approaches capacity making estimating total charge time difficult.

    Also, I believe the connector locks in place when the vehicle locks, so it would not be possible for someone to unplug me (a nice feature, IMO).
     
  8. deonb

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    Only applies if the hotel has an HPWC (rare). Anything else can be unplugged either at the adapter (J1772), or at the wall (NEMA 4-15).

    The lock will prevent them from running off with your equipment though, which is nice.
     
  9. Mayhemm

    Mayhemm Model S P85+ "Lola"

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    I stand corrected, deonb.

    Thanks.
     

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