Electric Cars 2019

How to protect your EV Charging Cable from Theft

Electric vehicles and PHEVs come with exclusive accessories and one of them is the portable EV charging cable. These charging cords are highly vulnerable to theft and vandalism and reporting of innumerable theft cases of these EVSEs in recent times is a testament to this. Fragile locking mechanism of the EVs like Nissan Leaf makes it easy for thieves to unlock the latch quickly and take it away. EVSEs are an expensive accessory to replace and replacing these charging cords at the dealership could cost up to £1,600. So, it’s better to protect now than to regret later. Following are some of the easy and effective ways to guard your EVSEs at public charging points.

Padlock:

Easiest way to secure your EVSE is with the help of a padlock and there are several ways in which you can make use of a padlock to protect your EVSE.

  • Buy a plastic sleeved chain and pass it around the two spokes of the EV charging cables and the wheel; then fit the padlock by passing it through the hole in the plastic sleeve and one end link of the chain, lock it and secure your EVSE.
  • Use a long shackle padlock and pass it through the hole in the cable’s plug or in the trigger (Type 1 connectors have a hole for the lock) and protect it from the people with malicious intentions.
  • Pass a loop of the EV charging cable through the padlock and spokes of the front wheel and simply close the padlock.
  • Buy a cord lock and use it in combination with a padlock to secure the EVSE. Use the pivots of the cord lock to secure the EVSE and then protect the cord lock from stealing with a padlock.

Extension Cord:

This option is viable for those who frequently charge at job places or public charging points. For this, you need to get a heavy duty extension cable, 12-gauge or more, which have appropriate connectors at both ends and use it to charge your EV or PVSE. Plug the extension cord in the power source and put the other end in the trunk of the car. Take out your EVSE unit and put it in the trunk and plug in the EVSE to the extension cord.  Take out the connector and plug it into the charge port. Put the cables coming out of your trunk together and close the trunk. The rubber will protect cables from damage and your EVSE will remain secure in the trunk while your car is charging.

Park on the Cable:

In case you have to charge at public charging point during an emergency and you don’t have padlock or extension in hand to secure your cable, then the easiest way to guard your EVSE is to park your car on the cable. Before plugging in the cable, lay it on the floor and roll the car forward so that your rear wheel is on the cable, keep a little slack and you are good to peacefully move around while your car is charging. However, don’t make a habit of parking on the cable as it can damage the EVSE in the long run. On the other hand, if you’re serious about this option, then it’s better to buy a cable protector and cut it into small sections; put the cable underneath it before parking your car on it. This way not only it will guard your EVSE from theft, it’ll also protect it from unnecessary damage.