- Dec. 1, 2021
-- Record numbers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are on Britain's roads but do you know EV etiquette? Green mobility provider SOGO shares its guide to hassle-free motoring.
The electric car market is rapidly expanding, with over 345,000 pure-EVs on UK roads by the end of October 2021 and over 675,000 plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).
SOGO offers its advice on EV etiquette with these 10 tips:
- When using a public charger, don't overstay your welcome. The network of chargers is growing quickly, and you are rarely far from a charger.
- Don't expect to charge for free at friends houses. Charging a vehicle costs money, and it is unreasonable to expect to be able to fill up for free on someone else's electricity bill.
- When driving around car parks or busy urban areas, remember pedestrians can't hear you coming. While some electric cars simulate engine noises to alert pedestrians, many don't.
- Keep the free parking a secret at dinner parties. Many local councils offer free parking for fully electric cars, and permits can be applied for with proof of ownership of the vehicle.
- If charging at home, don't park on pavements. Causing an obstruction can lead to fines and cause a hazard to pedestrians.
- While charging your vehicle at a public charger, take time to talk to your fellow drivers. It's a great way to meet new people.
- Always put your charging cable away neatly. You wouldn't leave a petrol pump on the floor, and charging cables are no different.
- At busy public charging stations, you can leave a note on your windscreen to advise other motorists when you'll be departing.
- Search engines will often advise of busy periods for any public charging station. You can use this information to plan your charging for quieter periods and avoid a wait.
- Be aware that some electric charging stations that appear on maps may be on private land, such as hotels or office parks, and you should always ask before using them.
SOGO provides a range of services to help drivers make a move to electric vehicles (EVs). It has expanded its fleet of EVs and offers competitive lease terms from one to 12 months.
In a first for the UK vehicle leasing and rental industry, SOGO is offering a carbon-neutral fleet across petrol, diesel and EVs by teaming up with energy giant BP as a major participant in its Target Neutral programme, which helps fleet customers measure, reduce and offset their carbon emissions.
Karl Howkins, managing director of SOGO, said: "In many ways, EVs provide hassle-free motoring, but there are new ways of doing things that we can all learn to make things for our fellow motorists and pedestrians. A little thought and care can make a big difference."https://www.sogomobility.co.uk/