The EV Rules

10 Simple Rules for EV Charging Stations

1. First Come, First Served

The first car at a plug-in charger has priority.

2. Respect EV Parking Spots

While gas cars are prohibited, EVs should only park in a plug-in spot while charging.

3. Only Charge When Necessary

Don’t charge if you don’t need to, EV spots are there for drivers who really need it.

4. Leave When You’re Done

Unplug and move elsewhere when your charging is complete to free up the spot for a fellow EV driver.

5. Be Polite to Gas Cars

When a non-EV car parks in a charging spot, leave a well-intentioned note so they won’t make the mistake again. The reputation the EV community must remain positive.

6. Respect Plug-in Hybrids

Don’t unplug a plug-in hybrid just because it has a gas engine.

7. Electric Takes Priority Over Plug-in Hybrids

Plug-in hybrid cars are allowed to use charging stations but EVs take precedence.

8. Only Unplug Another EV Once it’s Completely Done

If you need to make the switch, leave a gracious note explaining why it was unplugged and include your contact info.

9. Ask Nice & Pay It Forward

If you need a spot while another EV is charging, park beside it and leave a note asking the driver to plug you in once their charge is complete.  Also be sure to return the favor whenever asked.

10. Take Care of Charging Equipment

When you’re done, neatly wrap the cord around its holder and tuck in the plug.


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Research: “Do You Mind If I Plug-in My Car?”

How EV Etiquette Shapes Charging Behavior

For the PEV industry to grow, industry observers note that public charging must be encouraged. In a research study called “Do You Mind if I Plug-in My Car? How etiquette shapes PEV drivers’ vehicle charging behavior“,  a team from UC Davis looked at attitudes and expectations for EV charging at home, in public, and at work.

Drivers report a lack of etiquette, i.e., rules to guide their behavior and their expectations of how other PEV drivers ought to behave in the new social interactions. PEV drivers want widely shared, understood, and practiced charging guidelines in order to feel comfortable and confident in charging away-from-home.

People are resistant to change because of uncertainty and having a standard of conduct like the EV Rules is necessary for these shared spaces to succeed.  When EV drivers visit a charging station, it’s important to know what to expect and what is expected of them.  


• PEV drivers engage in a new behavior: plugging the car into the electrical grid.
PEV drivers want widely used and understood charging guidelines to feel comfortable.
• A lack of charging etiquette occasionally inhibited away from home charging.
• Workplace charging adds layers of rules and resources that impact charging.
• New rules and regulations may create as much uncertainty as guidance.


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