Electric car drivers “fret over charging etiquette”

Never mind range anxiety, getting an electric car is more likely to make you anxious about how to behave at electric chargers. Researchers in the State found people fret about […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Never mind range anxiety, getting an electric car is more likely to make you anxious about how to behave at electric chargers.

Researchers in the State found people fret about the etiquette around public electric car charging points.

The researchers wrote: “Even an available charger at an empty parking space can raise the question, ‘How long am I allowed to park and charge here?’ An occupied charger prompts questions too. ‘How long will they be there? Is that car fully charged? If it is, may I unplug it to plug mine in?’ ”

Electric car drivers want charging guidelines that everyone understands so they can approach a charging station knowing what to expect and what is expected of them, found the team at UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center.