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Charging spots occupied by other Teslas

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by Rajainmiami, May 17, 2018.

  1. Rajainmiami

    Rajainmiami Member

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    I am having problems at work charging my car when the only four spots for charging in our parking garage are always occupied by other Tesla owners. Unfortunately, they are all plugged in, but by the early afternoon, three out of the four cars are already full. I have tried for the past two days to come back to the garage two or three times, To try to find an empty spot, to no avail. What kind of note should I leave for the other Tesla owners to let them know that there are other cars that need to use those spots. I have used an app that identifies all charging spots in parking garage is in Miami, and I have left messages, however it seems that this owners are not tracking or using The app. I appreciate any suggestions of the best wording to use so as not to offend my fellow Tesla owners.
     
  2. Derek Kessler

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    Be diplomatic. Introduce yourself, be an excited fellow Tesla owner, and explain your predicament. It's entirely possible they haven't even considered that sitting in the charger all day could be an issue for others. Leave your phone number and a suggestion: when your car done charging, if you could move to another spot and shoot me a text, I'd greatly appreciate it!"

    Bonus: attach a small sweet treat of some sort — candy, gum, mints, etc — to frame the letter as friendly. Words on a page can be hard to impart the desired emotion on, especially when you don't know the mood of the other person.
     
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  3. Rajainmiami

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    Thanks Buddy. I don't know who the owners are so I will have to leave a note on their car. Appreciate the suggestions.
     
  4. bob_p

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    This is an area where Tesla could do more in software by tracking locations (superchargers and destination chargers) where cars are waiting for access, and notifying owners via smartphone app or text message that their car has finished charging and recommending they move to open the space for a waiting car.
     
  5. Derek Kessler

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    Don't need to worry so much about Superchargers, since when they're mostly full Tesla charges idle fees to cars that overstay their charge.
     
  6. N..8

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    You could always leave a card or note on their cars asking when they leave to give you a call so you can move to their spot. Then you 5 could start a group message letting each other know if there is an opening.
     
  7. Rocky_H

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    No, this is not for Tesla to deal with because it is not one of their charging stations. This is just some public station in a parking garage, and Tesla should not be trying to manage the waiting queues of the tens of thousands of those all over the country.
     
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  8. Shaggy

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    LMGTFY

    ;)

    Seriously... Use these ALL the time.
     
  9. cmaster

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    Contact the garage manage and ask if they are willing to consider limiting charging to max of 2 or 4 hours.
     
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    Is there any attendant or management for the garage? Complain to them so they can educate the EV owners to be considerate. Or just go to work early and occupy the spot. Leave a note on your car to communicate with them (be creative).
     
  11. jsmay311

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    Is home charging available, or is work charging your only option?

    (I wouldn't want to have to rely on such an unreliable situation.)
     
  12. BerTX

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    I assume you are looking at the EVSE to get the information on which cars are not charging? Some people do not realize that the blinking light on the charge port of the car goes out after the car locks. You would have to look for indications on the charging station itself to know that they were not charging.

    I gather that these are J1772 ports, which would allow them to be unplugged and used by other cars IF you can work out an arrangement to allow this with the other owners.
     
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  13. Rajainmiami

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    Work charging is my only option for now, as I live in a highrise and my building is in the process of quotes to install 2 charging spots, but that may take a while
     
  14. Rajainmiami

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    Thank you all for your input. I created a note explaining the situation and very nicely suggested the owner move to another spot once their car is fully charged. I will also talk to the Garage administration office to bring up this issue and see what ideas they have (if an )
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    Hmmmm. That's not the note I left. Mine went more like: "I see you have left your car blocking others from charging after you were full. I always wondered how a person who pays near a hundred grand for a car can afford new paint.
    If you wonder who keyed your car, it was me."

    They moved their car after that.

    Honey attracts more flies than vinegar -- but who wants flies? Get the fly swatter!
     
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    Evidently they want a full charge on someone eleses dime. No manners at all.
     
  17. Astraviel

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    Sounds like a great way to get in trouble with the law if they have a dashcam. No one should be defacing private property regardless of how much of an ass the other person is.
     
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