The market for electric cars is still in its infancy, so naturally drivers have numerous questions about electric vehicle ownership. One of the most frequent questions we are asked by electric car owners is “Can I use my EV charge point in the rain?”. The short answer is Yes! Charging your electric car, using an EV charge point, is 100% safe in any weather conditions.
It is a common misconception that it is unsafe to use an EV charge point in the rain. However, we fully understand why some people might worry that charging an electric vehicle near water might be risky, but we assure you that it is absolutely safe to do so in any weather situation.
In this blog post we will address the issue of charging an EV in the rain safely and dispel some of the common misconceptions.
Is It Safe To Charge An Electric Car When Its Raining?
It is perfectly safe to charge an electric car when it is raining. There is no risk of electrocution because an electric cars EV charging components are completely sealed and made to withstand water incursion. Hence, if you’re concerned about charging your electric vehicle in the rain or any other form of weather, don’t be – it is completely safe.
There are no special safety measure you need to take when charging an electric car in the rain. Maybe just put a coat on!
Can You Use A Home EV Charge Point In The Rain?
Many people think that charging your electric car in the rain puts you at risk for electrocution. If you are using a dedicated domestic EV charge point that is professionally installed by an accredited installer such as ourselves, you can safely use an EV charge point in the rain. Outdoor domestic ev charging points are waterproof and are designed to withstand the different elements. EV charge points are designed not to produce an electrical currently until the charger is fully ‘plugged in’. This means that whatever the weather, you can safely charge your electric vehicle.
There are no drawbacks to charging your car at home in the rain, other than the fact that it may be less enjoyable for you to stand outside in the wet and plug it in! You can also charge your car overnight without worrying about the weather changing.
However, please note that it is not safe to charge your car in the rain using a domestic extension lead. This is a safety issue and shockingly 75% of electric car owners charge their vehicles inside their homes using domestic extension leads.
Can You Use A Public EV Charge Point In The Rain?
It’s ok to use public EV charging stations in the rain. These charge points are built to be robust and designed for outdoor usage. It may not be as fun charging at a public EV charge point in the rain but it is still safe.
Simply connect your vehicle to the charging station and go checkout the local coffee shop or supermarket while it charges.
Are All EV charge Points Weatherproof?
Absolutely! All chargers for electric vehicles are waterproof and sealed against moisture. Electric car charging ports are also made to withstand the elements and resist water. If you find yourself stranded in a storm, running low on battery, it is safe to charge your car.
EV Charge Point Installers
All of our EV charge points are hand-selected by our team of specialists. We only utilise the best and safest models on the market. Once our professional, accredited EV charge point installers have finished the installation they will walk you through every feature of your new charger, including how to use the app.