That's just one of the "rules" Ford is dispensing as part of a primer on etiquette for recharging electric-drive vehicles.
The automaker has created a list of manners for recharging as well as a placard EV drivers can put on their vehicles to let other know when they think they'll be done recharging at public recharging stations. Ford was also kind enough to create a three-minute video, which can be seen below.
Some of the rules are obvious, such as an admonition not to take a parking spot by a charging station if your vehicle doesn't plug in (EV drivers know this as being ICE'd). Additionally, according to Ford, pure battery electrics should get preference over plug-in hybrids, which alone could start a few glaring contests. Ford would also like you to consider finding a way to place the charging cord so that folks don't trip over them. Unless you think that's funny.*
Earlier this year, Ford started selling its first production EV, the Ford Focus Electric. Through September, Ford had sold 169 of them.
Chances are pretty good that charging stations soon are going to be part of your life in one way, shape or form (if they aren't already). Whether you depend on them for fuel to get from point A to point B or you're simply curious about those odd-looking devices near the best parking spots in the lot, you're going to see even more charging stations as companies such as Ford continue to increase their electrified offerings. Ford is launching five new electrified vehicles in 2012, including the all-new Fusion Hybrid. In late July, there were about 9,400 public charging stations in the U.S., located at fast food restaurants and coffee shops to the most cutting-edge businesses and universities.
But the one thing missing has been a proper guide to vehicle charging station etiquette – until now. Ford has prepared a short video on the basics of charging station etiquette, a reference guide to keep handy for dealing with plugged-in vehicles and a placard you can put to use right away as you charge ahead in your efforts to make the world a greener, less-meaner place.