EV User Guide


Here’s a a very basic user guide for electric vehicles:

photo of electric vehicle on road in front of mountains, MainelyEVs
Model S. Photo courtesy of Tesla

Congratulations on purchasing an electric vehicle (EV)! We’re excited to have you join the growing community of EV owners who are concerned about sustainable transportation. Here are some important things to keep in mind as you begin driving your first bought, borrowed, or rented EV:

Charging your EV:

  1. Find a charging station: Use an EV charging app or website to find a charging station near you. There are over 400 EV Chargers in Maine and some are even free to use. You can also install a home charging station if you have a dedicated parking spot.
  2. Plug in your vehicle: Once you arrive at a charging station, make sure your car is in park, turn off the ignition, and unplug any charging cables from your previous charge. Then, plug in the charging cable to your EV’s charging port and the charging station.
  3. Monitor charging progress: You can usually monitor the charging progress on your EV’s dashboard or the charging station’s display. The charging time can vary depending on the battery capacity and the charging rate, but most EVs can charge to 80% in less than an hour using a fast charger.

Driving your EV:

  1. Plan your route: Plan your trip ahead of time and make sure you have enough charge to reach your destination. Use an EV routing app to find charging stations along your route.
  2. Drive efficiently: EVs are most efficient when driven at a steady speed and with gentle acceleration. Avoid sudden stops or hard braking as this can reduce the vehicle’s range.
  3. Regenerative braking: Many EVs have regenerative braking systems, which can help recharge the battery while driving. When you lift your foot off the accelerator, the vehicle slows down and captures energy that is usually lost during braking.
  4. Use eco mode: Many EVs have an eco mode that can help extend the vehicle’s range by reducing energy consumption. This mode can limit acceleration, reduce climate control, and adjust other settings to optimize efficiency.

Safety considerations:

  1. High voltage: EVs have high voltage systems, which can be dangerous if not handled properly. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and servicing your EV.
  2. Water and electricity: Never charge your EV in wet or flooded areas. Make sure the charging cable and connectors are dry before plugging them into your EV.
  3. Emergency shutdown: In case of an emergency, be aware of how to safely shut down your EV. Check your EV’s owner’s manual for specific instructions.

We hope you enjoy driving your new EV! Remember to always follow safe driving practices and charge responsibly. If you have any questions, please refer to your EV’s owner’s manual or contact your dealer for support.