Five Things You Can Do While Fast Charging Your Electric Car

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Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

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Level 3 fast charging is blisteringly fast. In fact, we got to try it out in the real world this week, recharging a 2011 Nissan Leaf from 30% full to 98% full in a little under 25 minutes. 

But while your electric car gets a quick refresh, here’s our list of five top things to keep you occupied.

Grab a Coffee

25 minutes is just about enough time to visit the local coffee shop and replenish your own reserves. 

If you’ve been driving your electric car from full to empty you’ll probably need a break too: it is generally considered that driving for more than two hours at a time without a break is a bad idea, both mentally and physically. 

So kick back, have a coffee and switch gears. By the time you’re finished your late, your car will be ready to go too. 

Check Up on Your Voicemail

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Sure, your car has bluetooth, but research has proven that talking on your phone when driving can really hamper your concentration.

So, turn your cellphone off while driving, and use the time your car is recharging to check for messages.  

You’ll be rewarded with better fuel economy, less accident risk and a much more attentive detail to those who have called you.

Take a Walk

Struggling to find time to visit the Gym? Why not use your car recharge time to get fit the easy way. 

Pack a pair of comfortable sneakers in your car trunk and take yourself for a brisk walk whenever your car is getting a fast charge. 

In order to keep those pounds from piling on, experts recommend around 30 minutes a day of walking. Grab a water, put your best foot forward and enjoy the world outside of your electric car. 


Need some groceries for the end of the day, or a present for a friend’s birthday? Take the online out of your life and patronize a local business. 

Bookstores are our top place to shop while waiting for a 30 minute fast-charge.  With plenty of interesting titles to keep you occupied you discover books you’d never see shopping on Amazon. 

Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

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Get Connected

Car dealerships offering fast charging and malls with fast charging often offer free wireless Internet access for you to use while you wait. 

If you have a mobile device, you can always catch up on email, the latest news and even work while you car charges. 

But really, there is more to life. 

What About You?

If you’re already a proud electric car owner who fast charges regularly what do you do while you wait? Have we missed out anything? Or perhaps you have a specific tip for fellow electric car drivers when visiting a specific charger location? 

Let us know in the Comments below. 

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Comments (8)
  1. "What About You? If you’re already a proud electric car owner who fast charges regularly what do you do while you wait? Have we missed out anything?”
    Yes, the fact that there are no public Quick Charge stations in America. ECOTALITY, WHERE ARE YOU!
    Oh wait, April Fools story, right?

  2. At the public DC Quick Charge station in Portland, Oregon, I would recommend taking a walk in the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

  3. Sleep - I charge my EV at home at night, and pay roughly 2.9 cents per mile, v.s 8 cents per mile at $4/gallon (assuming 50 mpg -- !). If I need to drive more than 70 miles in a day (very rarely), I bite the bullet and use my old gasser.

  4. Sitting here wondering if quick charging affects the life of the battery. I believe it does but I don't have any quantified data to prove it.

  5. Don't provoke me, LOL.
    Maybe a good option for the manufacturers to offer would be some way to polarize the glass or something so that no one could see in while you're charging. Then, if you had your significant other along, you could do something really constructive.........
    Alas though, KeiJdosha is quite right at #1. It's all academic at this point. I signed up for, or whatever it is, the other day. Then I went to their website to check for charging stations near me, LOL. There are exactly 13 Level 2 charging stations in the LA/Orange county megalopolis. The nearest to me is at LAX, about 20 miles away. We've got a LONG way to go. I almost asked for my $9.95 back.

  6. In the U.K. every Leaf dealer has to have a Level 3 charging station and since most are spaced quite nicely apart it is possible in some situations to Level 3 charger hop, moving from one dealer to the next. I'll be doing just that in a few week's time.

  7. Great promotion to have Level 3 charging at the Nissan Dealers. In US, most will only have Level 2. What do you do at a dealership for 7 hours after buying a new car?
    Apologies to Chris. EV friendly Portland, Oregon and Vacaville, California have one Quick Charge station each, though Vacaville QC status is not clear (pending UL?), and neither from ECOtality.

  8. @Kei: No need to apologize! Who knows why ECOtality is taking their time. If I had to guess, it's because they just started installing residential stations and have been running into contractor issues (and even some software issues).
    I didn't have any issues getting my Blink installed, but the software has been such a drag! The wireless is always disconnecting and one day it just rebooted every time I pushed an option on the screen. Their customer service email has been non-responsive and the one time I called in, the guy had no idea what I was talking about and the "morning-crew" would call me... That never happened either...
    Luckily we don't need to rely on ECOtality if we don't want to. Unfortunately ECOtality has made a lot of promises to various municipalities, so they're currently all waiting... Oh well, Rome wasn't built in a day!

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