What to Do While Charging Your Electric Car

May 27, 2021

Charging Your Electric Car

Most folks who drive an all-electric car usually take the vehicle to work and back, or out to the grocery store or to do a bit of shopping. Then they return home to charge their cars up to full while parked in the garage overnight. However, what if you are on a little road trip and need to stop at a quick charging station to top off your Tesla, Leaf, Bolt or Kona?

Finding a Place to Charge

How long will it take to recharge your car and what can you do while you’re waiting? Most charging stations use Level 2 connections that put out 240 volts and 40 amps. If possible, you’ll want to plug your EV into a DC Fast Charger (Level 3) for the maximum charge in the least amount of time. These are often available at malls and in downtown urban areas near shopping centers and restaurants.

However, if the battery State of Charge (SoC) is below 20 percent or over 80 percent, a DC Fast Charger’s charging rate slows quite a bit to limit the risk of overcharging. This is why car manufacturers claim that fast-charging will get you around 80 percent in about 30 minutes. That last 20 percent may double the time you’re hooked up to a charger. While most chargers at places of work are free to use, many public charging stations you’ll find sprouting up in towns across America, have fees associated. You can use our EV charging station map for a list of free and public electric car charging stations you can use.

What to Do While Charging Your Electric Car

So, let’s say you have an hour or so to cool your jets while your EV takes a drink. What to do? The first thing to do is to take a drink yourself. Yes, the number one fun thing to do while charging your EV is to enjoy a coffee. Why not relax at your favorite coffee shop, hopefully with a clever name like “Pony Espresso”, and enjoy a seasonal latte and a hot spinach croissant? By the time you have finished your treat and glanced through the local newspaper that has been provided free for your consumption, your car will be ready to go.

Perhaps you’d like to indulge in a little “me time.” Why not stop by a local salon and get a mani-pedi or a haircut. You have been looking a bit scruffy of late and nothing can offer a mini-vacation to transport you away from your workaday world faster than a bit of pampering. For that matter, why not drop by the downtown day spa and indulge in a massage? From a full body Swedish massage, to a hot stone massage to ease muscle tension and improve blood flow. An aromatherapy massage can boost your mood while Shiatsu will leave you as loose as a goose and ready to continue your journey.

If there is a park nearby, why not take an invigorating walk in nature. Just take off those shoes and wiggle your toes in Mother Earth for a truly grounding experience. Or, to take your exercise one step further, visit a gym for a free hour on the machines or in the weight room. There might even be a free Spin Class to wake up those sleepy endorphins.

In fact, there are so many fun things to do with an extra hour or two while your car is charging, we can’t possibly list them all here. The world is your oyster!