How to charge an Electric Vehicle?

Charging your EV is so simple that it is almost similar to how you charge your phone!

You just need to follow the below simple steps and that’s it..!

(You can follow the same steps to charge your EV at home or public charging station.)

Steps,

  1. Park your EV near a charging station
  2. Pull the charging cable from the station
  3. Hold the charging connector in your hand and take it to the charge port of your EV
  4. Open the charge port
  5. Plug in the connector in charge port
  6. Thats all! Now your EV will automatically start to charge.
  7. Wait for charging to complete
  8. Unplug the charger from charge port
  9. In case of home charging – You’re done
  10. In case of charging at public charger – pay for the charging session

That’s all now your EV is ready to shoot on the road!

Now, here are the detailed instructions to be followed at each step to avoid any difficulties in charging.

Each step with Detailed instructions
Ensure you follow the instructions for each step to make it easier to charge your EV.
Park your EV near a charging station
Make sure if possible park in such a way that the charge port faces the charging station.
Pull the charging cable from the station
Usually, the cable will be winded around the station or nearby it, undock the charging plug from the station and hold the cable in one hand and the connector in another, or if the cable is short then you can just hold the connector and pull the cable.
Hold the charging connector in your hand and take it to the charge port of your EV
Now with the cable in your hand, walk to the charge port of your EV. If charge port is in front of the station then it will be easier to draw the cable to the port. Otherwise, you have to take it from above the car or from behind or front depending on the location charge port in your car. This may put some scratches on the body of your car, so it’s better to avoid parking th car that way.
Open the charge port
Now open the port, usually you can open it from the vehicle’s app, key fob or from the dashboard screen inside the car- depending on whichever mechanism is available for your EV.
Plug in the connector in the charge port
Now plug the connector in the charge port of your EV. Make sure to plug it in properly and push it till you hear a locking click. Else it will remain a loose connection and charging won’t start.
Thats all! Now your EV will automatically start to charge.
Once the connector is plugged in, the charging will automatically start.
Wait for charging to complete
Let the charging session continue and let your EV’s battery continue to charge till it completes the charging or enough juice is filled up in your EV. In mean time you can just sit or roam around or have coffee or a drink!
Unplug the charger from charge port
Once charging is done, unplug the charging cable from EV’s charge port. And put it to EVSE’s holster.
In case of home charging – You’re done
Ya, so if you’re charging at your Home, you’re done. The electricity used in charging your EV will be added to your utility bill, which you will pay with your home’s electricity utility bill.
In case of charging at public charger – pay for the charging session
If you’re charging at public charger then now you need to pay for the charging session. You can pay with your debit/credit card. Or if you have charging card then you will have the cost added to it. Or you can also pay from app depending on which charging network you use, so you’ll already have a payment method added so payment will be done automatically every time you charge there. Some networks also provide memberships, so the cost of charging will be added to your subscription payment or it could be free till a limit.

Certain Important Things to consider:

1) Charging with a different type of connector not compatible with charge port type

If the connector type at the end of charging connector is not a match with the charging port type then you have to use a converter called charging adapter in between. It will convert the connector type of station to that of EV’s charge port.

e.g. If your EV’s charge port is J1772 type 1 and charging station is of Tesla with NACS connector then you need to have NACS to J1772-type 1 adapter. So fix the adapter over the connector at the end of charging cable and then plug-in the another end of adapter to charge port.

2) Enabled scheduled charging or charge limit

If scheduled charging is enabled in your EV from the dashboard or from any phone app then out of that scheduled time charging won’t start automatically. Either you have to modify or delete the schedule or override it.

Also, schedule can be set up from side of EV charger. Public charger won’t have any schedule but in case of home charging if scheduled time is set up then again you have to modify or delete the schedule or override it if you want to charge out of scheduled time.

The process of modifying, deleting or overriding is different with different EVs and EV chargers. So check in the respective user manual.

Now I hope you are clear about the process of charging an EV. Let me know in the comments if you have any confusion.

See you in the next article!

Steve
Steve

An engineer turned entrepreneur, being a Tech-enthusiast I am passionate about helping people understand and embrace the potential of technology in an insightful manner. At EV Chargers Guide, I help EV owners to navigate the Electric Revolution by providing in-depth guides to overcome their EV charging challenges and helping to make the Best choice selecting Charging Equipment for their EVs.

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  1. oh it’s easier than I thought.. cool

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