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Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by AmpedUP, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. AmpedUP

    AmpedUP EV Nut

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    'Went to the movies this evening at the new Loudoun One Center in Ashburn, Virginia. This new facility features 2 GE WattStation chargers, which are of course unfortunately steps away from the movie theater, and are often ICEd. This evening, I observed a Model S blocking a charger...probably for hours while the owner was in the theater. I'm going to start carrying letters expressing "personal embarrassment" to post on Tesla vehicles parked this way.

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  2. widodh

    widodh Model S R231 EU

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    What does the sign say? Electric vehicles only?

    If so, technically he's allowed to park there. I don't encourage this at all. If you park there you should be charging, but if the sign doesn't say that... Well, you get me.

    The sign should say: "Parking for charging Electric Vehicles only" something down that line.
     
  3. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    That's just not cool, dude.
     
  4. Grendal

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    The intent for what the space means is certainly there. There is already a notion that Model S owners are rich by default. To act as someone entitled just makes the situation and outsiders perception worse. This is just as bad as those ICEing a spot or someone parking in a handicapped spot when they are not handicapped.

    As Lyon said - not cool.
     
  5. scaesare

    scaesare Active Member

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    Agreed.

    Be considerate.

    I live in Ashburn (and actually was the one who reported that charger when it was first put up). I don't recall seeing that color car around... wonder if they were local to the area...
     
  6. ThosEM

    ThosEM Space Weatherman

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    That charger does not seem to be on PlugShare.com?
     
  7. JST

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    Charger looks like it will reach two spots--maybe there was another car charging when the pictured vehicle arrived?
     
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    My bet is they were planning on charging. Then pulled in, realized the cord wouldn't make it. And instead of backing in, they recognized they had 10x more range than they needed already, and just didn't bother.

    I remember the first time I pulled nose first into a spot, and the cord was about two feet too short to make the charge port. I thought about just leaving it, but ended up backing in only to find the charger was broken. I back in to charge spots now.
     
  10. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Way to assume good intent. :)

    If that was possible, the driver could have been checking back every 15 minutes or so. We don't know.
     
  11. Lanny

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    I agree that in these situations it is always best to assume there could possibly be a reasonable explanation. I've learned so much from a few friendly chats with drivers of cars that were blocking charging stations.

    Is there a recognized protocol to use when you can park within reach of an in-use charging station? Would it work to insert the J1772 adapter and leave a note to the driver of the other car to plug you in or call your mobile? I have used this particular station myself and I recall that it is free so you wouldn't be asking to charge on the other driver's dime if they initiated the session.

    Lanny
     
  12. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    he should have at least plugged in...
     
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    That's so true. Even if you don't need a charge, at least plug in so the rest of the world thinks that you do. Doing so avoids threads being started about you on internet forums. :)
     
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    I was at the mall the other day at a bank of chargers with signs that clearly stated "For EVs Only While Charging". When I came out, a Leaf was backed in to one of the spots... not charging. It's bad enough when an ICE car takes up these spots. Please let's not start doing to ourselves!
     
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    The solution is to put the same number of spots nest to the charging spots that say "for evs not currently charging"
     
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    It's only a matter of time before cars start getting keyed for this kind of bad behavior. I'm just saying.
     
  17. JST

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    I am an eternal optimist.

    There are two lessons here: 1) don't behave badly, as this driver was conceivably doing, and 2) don't jump to too many conclusions based on a single picture.
     
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    I'm also local to this charger and actually have never charged publicly before, so want to learn general etiquette: if I were going in to see a 3 hour movie and knew I only needed to charge for 30-45 minutes is it okay to park at an EV spot and charge? Leaving a note to call me if the next person needs the charger is another thought, although I probably wouldn't want to leave in the middle of the movie, so wouldn't leave a note...

    Also, can you tell by looking at the charge port or charger itself that active charge is going on?
     
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    It's a good question, but practically it isn't really an issue--30 to 45 min charging at a J1772 isn't going to get you much in the way of range.

    I would leave a note, though--if you have to duck out of the theater, you have to duck out. Imagine being on the other end of that--i.e., having a Leaf or similar and desperately needing a charge to get home.
     
  20. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    If you only need to charge for a short time, you probably don't need the charge to get home (versus the Leaf who might be in trouble without access to the charger). So I agree with JST. Leave a note if you decide to plug in & leave the movie if you have to. The other option is to park in a non-charging spot, if you don't want to get up during the movie.
     

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