Depending on the type of charger, drivers can either sit in their car waiting for a quick charge or head to a nearby business while the charging is going on. That's why Elon Musk keeps adding games (and eventually YouTube and Netflix) to Tesla cars: TimeEntertainment.
So how do you treat yourself and your electric car?
A map on your car's screen shows all the nearby Supercharger stations within available battery range.
Real-time information from your cell phone is displayed on your car screen, and if you have a backup, politely tailgate or leave a note on the windshield of a parked car to call. A charger ready to open anything.
Therein lies the allure of the Tesla lifestyle. Access to a reliable charging network designed for other Tesla guides. Porsche's new Tesla competitor, the Porsche Tecan Turbo, relies on other charging networks, even though Electrify America (created in the context of the Volkswagen emissions scandal) has added 3, 500 charging stations that are not dedicated to Porsche, VW or any other car brand, not meant for them. They should be shared.
Some vendors offer free charging in exchange for advertising on the charging ports. Such stations are often located in malls or grocery store parking lots and encourage shopping while charging. Some utilities offer free rates, such as Portland with EVS Lyft drivers. California utilities offer reduced rates for charging during off-peak hours. An experimental charger at a B-complex parking lot in Silicon Valley offers free charging in exchange for testing a new station design, screens or other features.
The free station is fair game. If it's free, do it regardless of the vehicle you're in. But again, keep time in mind. Sitting idle while connected to a free station is one of the hardest things to do, even if they don't charge you.
This Nissan LEAF driver at the station, which later pulled away, shared his frustration when the Tesla was hooked up to the general grid. He said there were a lot of blowers, and when the non-Tesla wasn't allowed to use the equipment, it seemed almost greedy.
Even if it's an artificial PA, it's still acceptable because it's a "real" PA, and it's not a "real" PA - it's a "real" PA. Tesla guides probably have to pay a fee wherever they are. They still pay for electrons, just like everyone else.
Peter Van Dirlin, a Tesla owner who has traveled around the country on EVs, says Teslas can use non-Tesla stations without any inconvenience. It's just convenience," he wrote in an email. The charger is ready when you need some power or just a refresher. We understand this outlet and do our best to spend some time in it."
As the adoption of electric cars continues, EVs will account for about 30 percent of all car sales in the next five years.
A friend who drives a Nissan Leaf said that you should never put a friend out of commission. However, he left an exception: "If you can't get home, you're out of range, and the car hasn't been visited in hours, I think a breach of etiquette is justified."
Kerry Helfrich, in charge of EV and infrastructure at General Motors, also voted for "sometimes." He explained that
In such cases, charging stickers offer a peaceful solution. Various online retailers offer a set of stickers that you can stick on the charging port or windshield seat and explain whether a full charge or only damage is required or if you don't mind getting out.
Then there is the "ice." It is a condition of a natural gas vehicle or a vehicle with an internal combustion engine that can impede access to EV equipment, intentionally or accidentally. It is difficult to mitigate when this happens, but EV stations should have good markings and clear parking restrictions.
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