Can an electric car start while it’s plugged in?

Random question—can you start an electric car while it's plugged in?

Chanice Boyd · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
There are no random questions! Yes, you can ‘start’ an electric car while it’s plugged into a charger. However, your vehicle’s drivetrain will be disabled while it’s plugged in because of potential dangers.
So although you can’t drive, you do have access to other systems while charging. Features like climate control, media, and GPS navigation will still be available to you.
So why can you turn on your car while it’s plugged in?
Well, your electric vehicle is subject to the same logic as your phone. To charge your phone, you don’t need to shut it down. In fact, you can use your phone while it’s charging. Generally, most features of your phone are still available to you, like browsing online, scrolling through social media, watching videos, or even making or accepting calls.
It may be slower to charge because you’re using energy while charging, but it will continue either way.
This is how an electric car operates. The size is different, but the method is the same. Keep in mind that using these systems will slow down charging.
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