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Thanks to hard work by charging infrastructure
chairman Greg Hanssen, C.E. Raum, Bob Seldon,
and others who helped design, produce, then
painstakingly assemble the cards (don't miss
the tour of the
we have a new
charging protocol and the cards to help
implement them, bringing us up to date with the
Gen II cars, Gen II chargers, and inductively
charged cars from other vendors.
The plan is to get them out to ALL users of
inductive chargers, not just EV1 club members
since the protocols will work only if everyone
The orginal concept for the card came from Lew
George (EV Club of the South). Funding for the
printing of the cards came from Saturn.
On the rear of the card, you will find the
following explanation of the protocol:
The Electric Vehicle Courtesy Charging
Protocol has been designed to allow the use
of a single inductive charger by multiple
EV's. Please use this placard to indicate
to other drivers the charge you will need to
reach your next destination. As the number
of electric vehicles on the road increases we
must be aware of other drivers' needs, and
the proper use of the protocol charge
placard will help insure that all drivers
can reach their next destination safely.
Electric vehicle ranges can vary widely
between different makes and models as well
as drivers. Newer vehicles with Nickel
Metal Hydride or Lithium Ion batteries will
have ranges far in excess of older Lead Acid
equipped cars but will take longer to reach
the same percentage state of charge.
Always be realistic concerning the state of
charge you are requesting (i.e. a 10 mile
trip will not require a 70% charge).
- When arriving at a public EV charger
that is in use, determine if the
vehicle present has reached the state
of charge indicated. If so, you may
remove the paddle and insert it into
your vehicle. If the other driver has
left a contact number, it may be agood
idea to let them know. If you return
before the other driver, please
reconnect that vehicle or any others
waiting for a charge.
- If you arrive at a charger and the
vehicle present has not reached the
indicated charge, please wait to
remove the paddle until the desired
state of charge has been reached.
This is the primary reaason to request
only a reasonable charge level.
If no charge placard is displayed you
may abide by the original protocol and
remove the paddle after a charge of
80% has been reached.
Lastly, no setting has been placed on the
placard for Full/Complete. Most vehicles
(especially Lead Acid) require a lengthy
period to finish the charge cycle without
significantly increasing the range, thus
only 94%+ (8/8 bars) may be requested. If
you do need a Full/Complete, please make
The proper and conscientious use of this
placard will enable more vehicles to make
use of the public charging infrastructure
and increase everyone's enjoyment of their
Display the Charging Protocol Placard
in a visible location.
Always connect another vehicle to the
charger upon your return.
Respect others - wait to connect your
vehicle until another vehicle has
finished, and request only the amount
of charge you need to reach your next
If your vehicle has a locking charge
port please leave it open so other
drivers can insert the paddle upon
Insert the paddle briefly into the
charger to "reset" it before inserting
into another vehicle and make sure the
charger reads "CHARGING".
Whenever possible, park in a fashion
that permits other vehicles to access
If you find a charger that is not
functioning properly, contact:
If you can, leave a contact number on
the placard. A simple call will clear
up most difficulties.