How can I properly talk about the use of electric vehicles (EV) if I’ve never tried one? Well, I have and driving it was quite enjoyable. You can read my Chevy Volt review here. It’s one thing to have an EV, it’s another to make sure it stays fully charged at home or in a local electric vehicle charging station.
How to Use an EV Charging Station
About those charging stations, we were pretty confused the first time we tried to use it. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to plug-in an EV car.
- Tap your NFC-enabled credit card or mobile device to station.
- Take out available 220v plug.
- Put into car.
- Remove when done charging.
- Replace plug in station and tap same NFC-enabled credit card or mobile device to end use.
It’s really not that hard but maybe this visual will help:
Partnered post made possible by EEI. All opinions are my own.
Some charging stations only come with the 220V car plugs but others have a second compartment with a 120V 3-prong outlet. The charge time is tripled using 120V so I’d suggest waiting for a 220V plug to become available. Oh, and you’ll want to leave that other part alone because it’s temperamental when trying to close it. At our building it’s labeled as ‘1’ and no one uses it…
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