2024 Resolutions for Every EV Driver

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2024 Resolutions for Every EV Driver

The new year is here, and it’s the perfect time for setting goals to enhance your life. Blink Charging has shared resolutions for Blink Hosts to improve electric vehicle charging in 2024. Now, it’s time for EV drivers to make their own resolutions. Here are five essential New Year’s resolutions for EV drivers this year.

Be a Good Neighbor

As an EV driver, you might be familiar with range anxiety, but as you gain more confidence, it’s time to focus on being considerate of other drivers. Understanding the worries about finding an available and functioning EV charger is essential. Let’s pledge to be mindful of others’ needs and ensure we use charging spots responsibly and courteously.

As an EV driver, adopting considerate habits is key to supporting the EV community and reducing charge anxiety. Here are a few etiquette tips for this year:

  • Avoid Charger Hogging: It’s common to ‘top-off’ your EV at commercial chargers. Be considerate of others waiting to use the charger. Use the Blink App to receive notifications when your charge is complete. Some drivers even leave a note on their car indicating they’re just topping off and others can unplug if necessary.
  • Respect Other’s Charging Time: Generally, avoid unplugging another EV unless it’s an emergency or if the driver has left a note permitting it. It’s frustrating to return to an expectedly fully charged EV only to find it unplugged prematurely.
  • Don’t Block Charging Stations: It’s as frustrating as being ‘ICE’d (finding a charging spot taken by a non-electric vehicle) to see an EV occupying a charging spot without actually charging. In some places, non-charging EVs at charging stations can be towed. Ensure you’re actively charging if you’re in a charging spot, and move your vehicle promptly after charging.
  • Report Issues: If you come across a charger that’s broken or vandalized, report it immediately to the network provider or through the app. Your report can speed up repairs, benefiting the entire community.

Following these guidelines can create a better charging environment for all EV drivers. Let’s commit to these resolutions for a smoother, more cooperative EV experience in 2024.

Unlock Savings: Utilizing Incentives for EVs and Home Chargers

As we step into the new year, it’s wise to look into incentives if you’re planning to buy an electric vehicle (EV) or install a Level 2 EV charger at home.

  • Interested in an EV? This year brings a fantastic opportunity. The Clean Vehicle Credit can now be claimed at the point of purchase for both new and used EVs. These tax credits – up to $7,500 for new EVs and $4,000 for used ones – could significantly reduce your initial payment. This means lower monthly payments if you’re financing the vehicle. Plus, these tax credits don’t nullify any additional dealer or manufacturer incentives you might receive. Do remember, however, that new rules may limit the eligibility of certain EVs for this tax credit.
  • Looking to install a home charger? The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit is another great deal. It offers a tax credit covering 30% of the hardware cost, capped at $1,000 for individuals.

Don’t forget to check out state-specific incentives as well. Each state may offer different tax breaks and funding opportunities. Tools like Blink Charging’s Residential Incentives can help you discover what’s available in your area. This year, resolve to make the most of these incentives for a more cost-effective approach to EV ownership and charging solutions.

Upgrade Your Charge: Switching to a Level 2 Home Charger

As an EV owner or soon-to-be owner, it’s time to consider stepping up to a Level 2 home charger, like the Blink Charging HQ 200. This upgrade means you won’t have to rely on the slower Level 1 charging cable that came with your car. For those living in apartments or condos, talk to your property manager or homeowner’s association about setting up a commercial charger. This can be a great benefit for all EV drivers in your community.

Level 2 chargers can fully charge your EV overnight, which is a big step up from Level 1 chargers. Depending on the station, the amperage, and your vehicle, these chargers offer much faster charging speeds. You have options for installation too: they can be directly wired into your home’s electrical system or plugged into a NEMA 14-50 outlet. Making the move to a Level 2 charger can significantly enhance your EV experience, providing convenience and efficiency in your daily life.

Advocate for More EV Charging Stations

If you’re an EV driver planning a trip, it’s crucial to have access to charging stations. While apps like Blink, Google Maps, and Plugshare can help locate Blink charging stations, it’s also important to identify areas lacking in charging infrastructure. If you find yourself at a favorite hotel or recreational spot without charging options, speak up. Letting these businesses know how their lack of charging stations impacts your decisions can encourage them to install EV chargers.

But don’t just stop at hotels and businesses. Reach out to local elected officials to discuss the need for public charging stations. Explain how these facilities could make it easier for you to visit their cities. Even if a city doesn’t have a large EV-driving population yet, tourism bureaus and chambers of commerce are often keen to attract visitors and new business. Your feedback can play a vital role in expanding EV infrastructure and making travel more convenient for EV drivers.

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