Experts Warn: Never Charge Your Electric Car This Way

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jul.04 - 2024 8:20 PM CET

You must under no circumstances use a regular socket to charge your electric car.

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As the number of electric cars on the market and roads continues to rise, ensuring safe charging practices is becoming increasingly important.

In an article published by the Norwegian news outlet TV2, experts have outlined clear guidelines on what you should and should not do when charging your electric car at home.

The Risks of Regular Sockets

Although most electric car owners now invest in dedicated charging boxes, many still choose to charge their electric cars via regular sockets, which can be extremely risky.

These outlets are generally not designed to handle the heavy load required for charging, which can lead to overheating and, in the worst case, fires.

Many electric car owners have already faced problems like overheating and damage by using sockets not meant for this purpose.

New Charging Regulations

Since July 2022, it's been illegal to install regular sockets for permanent electric car charging.

But if these sockets were installed before this date and meet certain standards, they can still be used. But it's still important to be careful, as improper use can be dangerous.

If you have to use a regular outlet for emergency charging, follow these steps:

  • Watch the charging process closely to catch any overheating or problems.

  • Don't let the heavy charging cable hang from the outlet, as this can damage it and create hazards.

Expert Recommendations

Experts strongly recommend getting a dedicated charging box for regular charging of your electric car.

These boxes are safer and faster.

They can be installed at home or at your vacation house.

They automatically turn off when the car is fully charged and notify you if something goes wrong, making them much safer.

Five Good Home Charging Tips

  1. Get a Dedicated Charging Box: This ensures safe and efficient charging.

  2. Don't Use Regular Extension Cords: Only use cords that can handle long-term use.

  3. Protect Charging Cables: Make sure cables are not pinched in doors or windows.

  4. Secure Your Charging Cable: Lock it to prevent theft.

  5. Use a Basket or Hook: Hang the charging box and cable to prevent damage.

By following these tips, you can charge your electric car safely and efficiently without risking damage to your home's electrical system or creating a fire hazard.