Is it safe to charge an EV in the rain?

January 24th, 2021 by

“Can You Charge Your 2021 VW ID.4 (or Other EVs) in the Rain?” and Other EV Safety Questions

For many people, there are lots of unknowns with electric vehicles like the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4. Over the past few months, we’ve been working to provide answers to those unknowns.

Today, we’ll answer two important EV safety questions: is it safe to charge an EV in the rain and can pedestrians hear my EV while I’m driving?

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Charging an EV in the Rain

It is perfectly safe to charge an EV in the rain. Volkswagen (and other automakers) must follow strict safety regulations to ensure that your new ID.4 (or other EV) can be charged in any bad weather, like rain, snow, heavy fog, sandstorms, etc. The charging cable is completely insulated and makes a watertight fit at the charging port on the vehicle. Studies suggest that it may be more likely for gasoline or diesel fuel to ignite while refueling at a gas station than it is for you to be electrocuted by an EV charger in wet weather.

Can Pedestrians Hear My EV When I’m Driving?

In the US, as of the end of September 2019, all EVs (even those made before that date) must be equipped with some sort of low-speed warning sound emitter. EVs and plug-in hybrids going under 19 mph must be able to be heard over any other background noises. Regulations in the Europe and the UK are different, though. So, the 2021 ID.4 may use low-speed sound emission for speeds higher than 19-20 mph.

Want to Learn More about the EVs?

If you have more questions about the EV world, check out our blogs on the topic. We’ve also answered a lot of questions about the ID.4 there. If you can’t find an answer to your specific ID.4 question there, then give us a call. We’ll be happy to chat!

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