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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