I have been an EV driver for almost four years. At first I, would leave my dog in the car to run into the store while my car was charging at 240 Volts until I read the manual. What I learned made me to decide to never ever stay or be in an electric vehicle while it is charging. Should I sit in vehicle while it is trickle, 240 or fast charging? I say no way—and “It’s better safe than sorry.”
The Nissan LEAF manual states
If you use any medical electric devices, such as an implantable cardiac pacemaker or an implantable cardiovascular defibrillator, check with the electric medical device manufacturer concerning the effects that charging may have on implanted devices before starting the charge operation because Charging may affect the operation.
If you have an implantable cardiac pacemaker or an implantable cardiovascular defibrillator, while the Li-ion battery is charging:
Do not stay inside the vehicle.
Do not go inside the vehicle, for example to remove or place an item in the passenger compartment.
Do not open the rear hatch, for example. to remove or place an item in the cargo area.
Charging may affect the operation of electric medical device and result in serious personal injury or death
Let’s think about it for a moment—the electromagnetic energy from a car charging can affect a pacemaker or medical device. Human beings are electromagnetic beings—-Would you stand under a power line or live under a power line by choice?
Recent cell phone usage studies found that cell phone use over 10 years causes an increased risk of acquiring certain types of brain tumor and salivary cancer—-that’s from exposing your head an face about 1 kilowatt hour per year. A low-end electric car will have a 24 KW battery pack that is 24 times more than a year of cell phone use… There is no mention of medical devices in a Tesla 3 manual. It could be the 1920’s when everyone smoked cigarettes it wasn’t until decades later that manufacturers put warnings on the cigarettes.
We electric car owners don’t want to be the test subjects for new cancer studies—I see people all the time sitting in a BMW i3, Chevy Volt, Chevy Bolt, Telsa and even a Smart EV. I do not ever sit in my car while it is charging—there is no need for me to be there. I go walk some where.
According to the Chevy Bolt manual:
Do not attempt to disconnect the DC vehicle plug while charging is active. This action may damage vehicle or charging station hardware.
Never leave children unattended near the vehicle while the vehicle is charging and never allow children to play with the charge cord.
This vehicle has systems that operate on a radio frequency that complies with Part 15/Part 18 of the
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and with Industry Canada Standards RSS-GEN/210/216/220/251/310, ICES‐001.Operation is subject to the following
1. The device may not cause harmful interference.
2. The device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
These are also serious consideration–children shouldn’t play with cords—-nor adults. If there is a power surge caused by lightening I would not want to be a charging vehicle.
What if water gets in the charger?
Although the charging port is waterproof—something metal or conductive could affect the charging port. Do you want to be in a vehicle when it catches fire: Not me—-
What if the batteries leak?
Leaks or damage to the Li-ion battery may result in a fire. If you discover a leak, contact emergency services immediately. Since the fluid leak may be lithium manganate from the Li-ion battery, never touch the fluid leak inside or outside the vehicle. If the fluid contactsyour skin or eyes, wash it off immediately with a large amount of water and receive immediate medical attention to help avoid serious injury.
Should a repair shop bake or use heat on paint when when repairing an electric vehicle?
In the event of an accident that requires body repair and painting, the vehicle should be delivered to your dealer the Li-ion battery pack and high voltage parts such as the inverter, including the wiring harness, removed prior to painting. Li-ion battery packs exposedto heat in the paint booth will experience capacity loss. Damaged Lion battery packs may also pose safety risks to untrained mechanics and repair personnel.
What do I do if I am in car accident in an EV—is it safe?
If you are in car accident in an EV, you should use the same precautions you would in any car accident. Pull over to the side of road, if it is safe. If you are not on a freeway, get out of the car. If you feel heat or smell something burning, stay away from the car, warns Dr. Greg Less, battery expert at the University of Michigan.
EVs are by far less flammable than gas tanks however there have been a few batteries—do you want to be in the car when it happens? Probably not.
If you have any questions please put them in the comments below. If you have ever experienced headaches feeling dizzy or tired after sitting in a electric vehicle while it is charging please tell us in the comments below.