The boom in electric cars has given rise to a new social faux pas
Blagging electricity while visiting someone else's home, new research suggests.With sales of zero emission cars up by 145 per cent this year, asking to plug your car in at a friend's house is set to become the modern equivalent of asking for a jerry can of fuel.But a study of 2,000 people has revealed 61 per cent would consider it rude for a guest to ask for a battery top-up.However, 56 per cent of these would be too polite to say no - leading to an awkward social situation that is set to become commonplace.Almost two thirds (63 per cent) likened the request to plug an EV in at someone’s house as the same as asking the host if they can have a jerry can of fuel from the garage.
“Interestingly, Kia’s survey reports the public think asking to charge your car at a friend's house is bad manners. Is this due to e-charging being a newish concept? I wonder if this will change over time. Ultimately, a can of petrol costs a lot more than an hour's electricity for the car, so is it directly comparable?
Other faus pax
A quarter think it’s perfectly acceptable as a guest to swear inside someone’s home, while one in 10 think it’s fine to ask for the Wi-Fi password within 30 minutes of arriving.
Kia launched Kia Charge to give owners of the brand’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles access to around 17,000 charge points across the UK – around 68 per cent of the public charging network – from a single account.