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Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette

Despite a couple of public charge points being out of action and some promised ones not yet appearing we are lucky on the Isle of Man that charge points are there are free to use and free to park.

Chester Street and Castletown charge points are within Pay and Display car parks. EVIOM had it clarified some time ago that it is "free to park while charging". Although there is no signage stating this, it is generally understood and accepted that this is the case by EV owners, local authorities and Manx Utilities.

Please remember though, it is "free to park WHILE CHARGING". It's been noticed that a minority have been using these spaces for free parking and not plugging in. EV charge points on the island are few in number, in Douglas especially are in high demand. We are often blocked by other vehicles from accessing these charge points (known as being ICE'd), this is bad enough but doubly inconsiderate if a plug-in vehicle is blocking a charger and isn't being charged.

The reason I bring this up is that if this currently free facility is being seen to be abused it's likely charges will be imposed or worse still the facility will be removed.

Think of others and don't abuse the facility. One day it might be you that is desperate for some extra energy and are unable to plug in due to someone else blocking your access.

7 thoughts on “Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette

  1. Ian Davies

    Thanks for that and very good point. Dan, you got there before I did! I think that we electric car users can be even more considerate. If one of us is using one of the cgaring point, then we could put in the car window time arrived / srated charging; time intended car charged sufficiently (not necessarily a full say 7 hours!) and a telephone number by which another potential user could contact you if desperate. When at my most cynical, I coudl think believe that someone could be leaving the car on charge every day on the basis 'I saw it first' which has the same result that Dan identified. Thoughts please?

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    1. Dan Brook

      There's an app called Chargebump that can do this. You can request to unplug someone if you're desperate etc. You can send and receive a message without giving your contact details out.

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      1. Ian Davies

        Hi Dan, I assume it will get through to the car owner since that person would need to move the car, not just unplug it?

      2. Dan Brook

        Yes. You enter the reg number. If that person has signed up they get a message. They can reply.

      3. Ian Davies

        Hi Dan, the key point being 'has one signed up! I havent and dont know how many others in the IOM have. I presume you can encourage all of us to do through EVIOM.

  2. Ian Davies

    Sorry for abominable spelling! Corrected version below:
    Thanks for that and very good point. Dan, you got there before I did! I think that we electric car users can be even more considerate. If one of us is using one of the charging points, then we could put in the car window time arrived / started charging; time intended car charged sufficiently (not necessarily a full say 7 hours!) and a telephone number by which another potential user could contact you if desperate. When at my most cynical, I could believe that someone could be leaving the car on charge every day on the basis 'I saw it first' which has the same result that Dan identified. Thoughts please?

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