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Etiquette for EV hospitality

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  • _Sam_
    _Sam_ Posts: 309 Forumite
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    edited 6 March 2023 at 1:16PM
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    There were couple of times when I was visiting friends with too low battery on arrival which had me worried I might not get to the nearest charger, the friends offered to plug in and didn't want to hear about any money, BUT I was only using the granny plug and only for two-three hours. I wouldn't dream charging my car to the full with 7kwh charger and not paying for it. 

    With reference to the "shiny new Leaf" - is it your friend's first electric car? If so I'd be understanding at least re late arrival, it does take some time to adapt to realities of not having an immediate access to fuel at all times and everywhere :)
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  • DullGreyGuy
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    Did you charge him for the food? Did he use your bathroom? If so did you charge him for the loo roll and water? Did he bring wine, flowers, gifts?

    When you go to his for dinner does he charge you for the food? Are you both spending the same amount on the food/wine etc or are you feeding him wagu ribeye steak and he gives you a microwave meal from the yellow sticker still on it?

    On who's side was the ignorance? You both knew his battery was fairly empty. Certainly you knew that you had a 7KW charger and you both knew how long it was plugged in for. I dont therefore get why you are surprised with the amount it took? If you'd only meant to give him a little boost why didnt you ask about him unplugging it after an hour or such?

    What other charging solutions were there for him around your home? I know our lamp posts now are also EV chargers but suspect that isnt everywhere. Would you have rather kicked him out 2 hours earlier so he could go to the local supermarket or such to top up before he could go home?

    Personally, wouldnt get too fussed over it unless it becomes a habit. When I invite friends round its inevitable its going to cost me money but on the flipside get a free meal/drinks when they return the favour. I'm not going to stop and calculate that I fed them a roast dinner last time but they only did a chicken salad therefore my meal cost £10pp more than theirs... the £11 for EV would easily be outweighed by differences in prices of wines etc. 
  • markin
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    Why has he got a 40kwh leaf an not a Tesla, Golf GTI, ect, So not that wealthy!

    Maybe new owners are more used to getting free charging everywhere, He could mean he stopped at a supermarket for a free top-up.

    Most EV owners offer to pay even with a granny plug, in the past anyway.



    born_again said:
    Next time you speak to them. Just throw in "I thought EV's were cheap to run. That cost me £11 for your charge the other day" 🤣

     That is cheap, A tank would be around £80?
  • DullGreyGuy
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    markin said:
    Why has he got a 40kwh leaf an not a Tesla, Golf GTI, ect, So not that wealthy!
    Technically the OP stated the person's wealth relative to their own, not in absolute terms.  Plus just because you have wealth doesnt mean you have a love of more expensive cars
  • michaels
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    That’s why his wealthier than you :) does he also dodge rounds in the pub?

    Most EV drivers would a) only charged enough to get home safely and b) paid for what that had used.
    That’s why his wealthier than you :) does he also dodge rounds in the pub?
    Actually we did go to the pub and had one round of drinks. I paid.
    The prosecution rests its case....
    I think....
  • EssexHebridean
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    markin said:
    Why has he got a 40kwh leaf an not a Tesla, Golf GTI, ect, So not that wealthy!

    Maybe new owners are more used to getting free charging everywhere, He could mean he stopped at a supermarket for a free top-up.

    Most EV owners offer to pay even with a granny plug, in the past anyway.



    born_again said:
    Next time you speak to them. Just throw in "I thought EV's were cheap to run. That cost me £11 for your charge the other day" 🤣

     That is cheap, A tank would be around £80?
    Yes, but the £70-odd my tank takes to fill takes me in the region of 550 miles! 
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  • _Sam_
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    markin said:

    Maybe new owners are more used to getting free charging everywhere, He could mean he stopped at a supermarket for a free top-up.
    The new owners would not be used to getting free charging everywhere, as free charging has all but mostly disappeared. Tesco was one of the latest to stop offering free charging few months ago.

    It is the first adopters who are fairly spoilt by the free charging, two-three years ago it was a breeze being able to charge at 50kwh speed for free, courtesy of Pod Point at a local Lidl car park... These days are long gone now  :)
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  • cjloui1
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    Presumably he wouldn’t have expected you to pay for petrol so same applies here. Let him know how much it cost asap. 
  • theoretica
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    He's your friend - how do you think he would react to you bringing up the cost involved?
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