Can I Turn On An EV While It Is Charging?


Electric charging stations are starting to show up in more and more places. Everyone has now seen a charging station show up in their town. You can find them at a grocery or hardware store parking lots, shopping malls, gas stations, or restaurants. As the world shifts further and further into electric cars, we will continue to see more and more charging stations popping up all over.

Have you ever wondered if you could turn your EV on while it is charging? You actually can start your EV while it is charging without any problems. You can utilize accessories such as the radio, infotainment center, heater, and air conditioning while the car is being charged. Be aware that the more accessories you use while the car is charging, the longer it will take to charge.

When electric cars first started taking off, one of the biggest complaints was that there were so few charging stations. .Nowadays chargers are all over the place and there are new ones each week. The distances between charging stations are much smaller and generally, there are lots of different options for where to charge your car. This infrastructure will continue to grow and develop. This article will tell you what things are acceptable while charging your car, and what things are not.

Why It Is Possible To Start An EV While Charging

So, why exactly can you turn on your car while it is charging? The best way to imagine this is to think of your phone. When you plug in your phone, you do not need to shut the entire phone off for it to charge. Likewise, you can still use your phone while it is charging. Even if you are watching videos, on a phone call, or scrolling social media, your phone will continue to charge. Your phone will take longer to charge but nonetheless it will keep charging.

An electric car operates exactly the same way. While this is a much bigger object, being charged with much higher voltages and currents, the principle is exactly the same. You can turn the car on while it is being charged. Be aware that the car will take longer to charge because you are using up power.

It is also important to note that while you can turn on an electric car while it is charging, you cannot drive it while it is charging. As you go to drive your car, your systems will check to see if it is currently being charged. If it is, the car will prevent you from driving away. You will get a notification to let you know that you cannot drive right now because the car is charging. This is to prevent you from driving away while the car is connected to the charger, which could potentially damage your car and the charger. So, if you do own an electric car, it is important that you are aware that while you can turn on your electric car while it is charging, you will not be able to drive it while it is charging.

Is It Safe To Sit In An EV While It Is Charging?

So, you may wonder, is it safe to sit in an electric car while it is charging? The car is being charged with high voltage levels and fairly high amounts of current. Can this have an effect on someone who is sitting in the car while it is charging? If something were to go wrong in the charging system, could the charger electrocute any passengers sitting in the vehicle?

Sitting in the car while it is charging is safe for most people. While the car is being charged with high voltages and high currents, it does not pose much danger to people who may want to sit in the car. Electric cars are meticulously designed with safety in mind. Even if there were to be a major charging system failure, you would not get electrocuted or experience any negative effects.

There are certain individuals who should avoid sitting in electric cars while they charge. Those would be anybody who uses medical electric devices. The most common of these types of devices is a pacemaker. If you dig into your car’s owner’s manual, you will see a warning that indicates that if you have one of these devices, you should not sit in the car while it is charging. In fact, they actually warn against even going into the car or the trunk to grab anything or put anything away while it is charging.

Quite a bit of research and studies are currently being done on this topic. There is still a chance that this could occur even when most studies indicate that the EMF levels produced from charging the car will have no effect on a pacemaker. Until data is available on this topic, and manufacturers can say with confidence that it is safe to sit in a car with a pacemaker, the warnings will continue to be given with each electric car.

Does Turning On The EV While Charging Affect The Charge Rate?

So, does turning on your electric car have an effect on how long it will take to charge? Any amount of power that you are using, will ultimately affect how long your car takes to charge. How much power you are using will determine how long the car will take to charge.

While the electric car is on and charging, you are capable of using all of the different accessories that you use while driving the car around. You can listen to the radio, use the infotainment center, use the air conditioning or the heating. You can also turn on heated or cooled seats or do just about anything else that you normally would.

Unfortunately, the more things that you are using, the slower that your car will charge. If you have plenty of time and are not in any hurry, then you are totally fine to use as much power as you want. If you are in a real time crunch and want to get on the road again as soon as possible, it is best to just leave the car off until it has finished charging.

What Not To Do While The EV Is Charging

So, what exactly should you not do while charging your car? First off, as we previously mentioned, if you have a pacemaker, you should not be doing anything while the car is charging. While the chance of something going wrong is very low, it is not worth risking your life. Go somewhere else while your car is charging and make sure that you remove anything that you might need before you start charging your car.

Second, if you are wanting your car to charge quickly, do not turn the car on. While it is convenient to sit in your own car while it is charging, heating and air conditioning use a decent amount of power. If you want a quick charge, this added luxury will only frustrate you. You can go to a nearby store, or restaurant to occupy your time. You will save yourself a lot of time by just letting the car charge without you using up power as it comes in.

The very last thing to make sure you do not do is to let your car sit for an extended period of time after it is done charging. While this will not damage the car or the battery, it is very frustrating for other electric car owners. Many places still have limited charging station availability. As such, you can end up with big lines for the charging stations. Sitting there unnecessary makes everyone else wait longer than they have to. Most charging stations will also charge you for every minute that you sit there once your car has been charged.

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