New Year’s Resolutions for EV Drivers

It’s a new year and that means resolutions to improve your life. Blink Charging has already shared some New Year’s resolutions for Blink Hosts to make 2024 the best year ever for electric vehicle charging, and now it’s time for EV drivers. Here are five EV resolutions for EV drivers this year.

I resolve to… be a good neighbor

Many new EV drivers are familiar with range anxiety, which is now becoming range confidence, and charge anxiety, which is the fear that an EV charger will be unavailable or inoperable when you need it most.

As an EV driver, here are a few etiquette tips that help alleviate charge anxiety and support the EV community.

  1. Don’t hog the charger. While most EV drivers “top-off” their charge when using a commercial charger while out and about, they should also be mindful of other drivers. Turn on notifications on the Blink App so you can return as soon as your charge is complete. Some EV drivers also leave a note on their vehicle with comments like, “Just topping off, feel free to unplug!”
  2. Don’t unplug other EV drivers. While this hopefully doesn’t happen too often, sometimes EV drivers return to their vehicle expecting a full charge, only to find that another driver has unplugged them too early. Generally speaking, one should never unplug another EV except in an emergency (or if that other driver left a note).
  3. Don’t block the charging station. The only thing worse than being ICE’d (as in, finding that a charger is blocked by an internal combustion engine vehicle) is discovering that an EV driver is using the charging spot but not charging. Some states even allow property owners to tow non-charging vehicles. Make sure that you only park in a charging station spot when charging, and be sure to move your vehicle as soon as your charge is complete.
  4. Report broken chargers. If you discover a broken or vandalized charger, take a minute to call the network provider or report the station as inoperable on the charging app. Sometimes station hosts may not even realize a charger is not working, so a call from an EV driver or a Blink account manager can expedite a repair.

Lastly, if you find an ICE vehicle parked at a charger, consider calling the station host who may be able to call a tow company or levy a fine on that vehicle.

I resolve to… take advantage of incentives

For anyone who is considering buying an EV or a Level 2 EV charger for their home, make sure you use all the incentives that are available to you.

  • Thinking of buying an EV? Starting this year, the Clean Vehicle Credit for new or used EVs can now be applied at the point of sale. These tax credits, worth up to $7,500 and up to $4,000, respectively, can be used as a down payment on a vehicle, helping to lower your monthly payments if you get financing. And, if you use them, they don’t cancel out any other dealer or manufacturer incentives that may apply to the vehicle. *Note that new eligibility criteria restrict certain EVs from qualifying for this tax credit.
  • Considering a home charger? The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit is worth a tax credit of 30% of the cost of the charging hardware up to $1,000 for individuals.

Each state may also have its own tax incentives and various other funding opportunities for individuals. You can find these available funding options using Blink Charging’s Residential Incentives tool.

I resolve to… level up to a Level 2 home charger

Blink HQ 200 home EV charging station
Blink HQ 200

If you are already an EV owner, or if you plan to take delivery of a new EV this year, consider installing a Level 2 charger like the Blink Charging HQ 200 at your home so you don’t have to keep relying on the slow Level 1 charging cable that came with your vehicle. And if you live in a multifamily building such as an apartment or condo, ask your property manager or homeowner’s association about installing a commercial charger that can benefit all EV drivers at your community.

Depending on the station, amperage, and vehicle, Level 2 chargers are capable of fully charging a vehicle overnight and can either be wired straight into your electrical system, or plugged into a NEMA 14-50 plug.

I resolve to… talk to businesses and local officials about EV charging infrastructure

Are you planning a trip with your EV? While you can find Blink charging stations using popular mapping apps such as Blink, Google Maps, and Plugshare, we also recommend that you take note of any places where it is difficult to find charging infrastructure. If you have a favorite hotel or recreation area, let these businesses know if their lack of charging infrastructure has changed your mind to do business with them. This feedback can help businesses realize the urgency of adding EV chargers at their locations.

But it doesn’t stop with hotels and businesses. Talk to elected officials about why adding public charging stations would help you travel to their cities. Even if a city does not yet have many EV drivers, most tourism bureaus and chambers of commerce are interested in attracting visitors and new business.

I resolve to… explore the Blink Mobile App

With the Blink app, EV drivers can manage home charging and access thousands of charging stations around the world. Not only can you charge in the United States, but you can now charge with Blink at select locations in Europe! Download the Blink App today to find a charging station near you, manage your Blink account, and view your 2023 charging reports.Use the Blink mobile app to find EV charging stations nearby.

It’s a new year of EV driving, EV charging, and EV travel, and Blink is proud to keep EV drivers charged. Do you have an EV resolution we didn’t mention? Follow Blink Charging on social media to let us know!

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