Sustainability

Some thoughts on ICED charging points

I have yet to meet an EV driver whose experience did not include arriving at the charging point seriously low on power and seeing it occupied by a petrol or diesel car. In electric cars’ community such point is called ICED – taken by an internal combustion engine vehicle.

Now, after much thought and experiment, one can safely state that “ICING” happens for two reasons, one of which is very rare, although such cases do occur, while the other constitutes roughly 95% of all cases.

Indeed, there are drivers who genuinely have no idea that they have taken the dedicated charging point with their fossil era vehicle. Perhaps the marking was not clear enough. Perhaps the driver did not know that the marking indicated the charging point. Or, probably, seeing the charging unit made the driver think it was a peculiar looking parking payment machine and he or she wouldn’t have to make additional 20 steps to get to it.

Whatever the reasons are for the first type scenario, the EV driver who experiences this and manages to have a chat with an ICE car driver can expect that the latter will move the car and free the space for a plug-in car that really needs the spot, or at least not repeat this honest mistake again. Having said that, there are cases when some EV drivers take the piss and abuse the charging point, parking there without charging, just because they feel they deserve it. This puts such drivers in exactly same category as the drivers from the second group mentioned above – the Entitled Ones.

ICED collage

This by far is the largest group of ICE cars’ drivers (and occasional EV ones) and frequent encounters with these people almost always end up in conflict. You see, these people know that they are breaking the drivers’ etiquette and respective regulations, but do it nonetheless. Why, you ask me?

Can only guess, but the usual arguments one hears, include: “Why you green lot get the best parking spots?”, “You tree huggers get preferential treatment” or “Electric cars is fake news”

Apart from obvious absurdity of all the statements above, such behaviour does no favour to anyone. I believe the biggest problem here is stubborn inability of such drivers to appreciate a simple fact – electric vehicles need charging points to be able to move, not to get a better parking at the shopping centre.

Fighting makes no sense of course. However, ignoring such blatant rudeness is not an answer. Most common advice from the driving community is to leave a polite note on the window. Such approach is rational, legal and by all means – adult.

However, admittedly, the prank performed by several Tesla drivers seen in the photo above makes one feel much better. Revenge is so sweet. It would be even sweeter if ICE drivers understood the absurdity of the situation…One may hope.

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