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Don't Bogart your buddy's electricity without offering to buy it.

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.

*It's not.



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More green, less mean: Ford delivers tools for proper charging station etiquette

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.


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      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      There seem to be mixed messages. The car seems to be focused (sorry) on younger buyers, as is the actor, but the $40K price of the car isn't. I'm all about EV etiquette, but having a Gen-Y, half-inebriated spokesperson telling me etiquette rules seems strange. How about a $20K electric Focus!? :) Someday, someday...
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      All 169 people will appreciate this! :D
      raktmn
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be really cool for the car to shine a different color light for each stage of charging, and then people could use different color cards on their dash to indicate how much charge they need before someone unplugs them. You could do it with the colors of the rainbow with purple meaning fully charged, if everyone were secure enough with their sexuality to not make offensive comments about rainbows being gay.
      Michael Walsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nicely done, Ford!
      Naturenut99
      • 2 Years Ago
      Most if not all, are common sense, or shouldn't take that much thought.
      Marcopolo
      • 2 Years Ago
      @ Raktmn, "You could do it with the colors of the rainbow with purple" My buddies and I discussed your idea and decided you must be from the Godless city of SF. We all belong to an truly American, all male hunting club, and deplore the way the masculine world is heading ! Too many women in the military, in fact women interfering everywhere! Down this way we all get together on the weekends to follow wholesome all male pursuits like hunting, showing each other the size of our guns, drinking, wrestling, running naked through the ..........damn !
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The lights on the plug are a great idea. I wonder if anyone with a home conversion has done that yet? Although I think the car with the least amount of charge should get preference, or if the car needs more energy to get back home. But it is hard to know. Maybe there should be a way to text someone at the charging station who isn't there when would it be ok to unplug their car.
        Naturenut99
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        That's the idea behind those time cards, saying what time it is ok to unplug at. Same card can have your number on it. I'd really like there to start being payback for ice's taking EV spots. Towed is my preference. But even ticketing would be a start.