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Tesla Priority Parking at Whole Foods

Discussion in 'Tesla' started by electracity, Mar 8, 2017.

  1. electracity

    electracity Active Member

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    The EV charging stations at the Whole Foods I frequent is nothing more than parking spaces for the model S and X. Anyone else notice this issue?

    I have literally never seen a Tesla owner even pretend to be charging by plugging the car in. I wonder how this plays out as EVs become more popular.

    I did see my first model X in the real world in one of these spaces, which was nice. So I suppose there is some upside.
     
  2. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

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    That's sad. It just increases animosity towards EV owners by those who are so inclined.
     
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  3. brkaus

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    That's the story st the Whole Foods near my house.
     
  4. ecarfan

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    Which Whole Foods location are you referring to?

    The San Mateo CA Supercharger is very near a Whole Foods. It is extremely busy, but all the cars I have seen charging there have been plugged in.
     
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  5. MP3Mike

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    I haven't heard of any public wireless charging; so I assume if they are charging they are plugged in. :)

    Were you trying to say that you haven't seen anybody just parking in the charging spot?
     
  6. DriverOne

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    That's pretty shitty to park in an EV space when not needing a charge. There are Leafs and the like with short ranges that need to charge (not to mention out of town Teslas).
     
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    I was referencing the statement in the OP, quote: "I have literally never seen a Tesla owner even pretend to be charging by plugging the car in."
     
  8. electracity

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    I took a photo of this model X as he was the one closest to charging. Note the cable creeping close to the car.

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    Someone needs to make a sequel to this:
     
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  10. electracity

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    True. What would they say if a charger they needed was iced? What they are doing is exactly the same.
     
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    That location is a little different. For the several times that I've been there, an attendant plugs me in and asks me how long I'll be there. The last time he asked for my key fob (to move the car if I stayed too long?). I declined his request.
     
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    To my thinking, this practice is a close cousin to illegally parking in a disabled persons space.
     
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    Yep, like "borrowing" a friend's or relative's car or placard so one can park in a space designated for the disabled, even though no one currently riding in the vehicle needs such assistance.
     
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    It would be easy to just add hybrid or EV parking spots in addition to a couple of chargers. We have these chargerless spots on post.
     
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  15. TexasEV

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    No reason to give those cars priority parking. They need charging spots, not priority parking spots. It's done so the building gets LEED points, which I think is a big mistake. No wonder some people think EV drivers feel entitled.

    Being "ICEd" by an EV is even worse than being ICEd by an ICE, because the driver should know better. Is this a byproduct of a Teslas being bought for autopilot rather than because its an EV, and the driver isn't concerned with EV etiquette?
     
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  16. brkaus

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    The car I see most frequently at the Whole Foods near me is an early S, no radar box or camera. So AP isn't the justification. I believe the word is entitled. And wary of door dings (but may eventually get keyed).
     
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    If it is, at least that person will be disappointed. :eek::D:(
     
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    I avoid parking in the EV spaces at the WF 5 minutes from my house for this very reason... no need to charge.

    I've seen some other EV's (of several makes) parked there not charging... but often several are.
     
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    At Torrance CA WF I see just about every EV at charging spots but Teslas.

    What I find annoying is EREV/Rex there when some poor bastard in a LEAF or Fiat 500e is desperately looking at the charger.
     
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    152 miles r/t to my nearest Whole Foods with no Superchargers anywhere around. I always plug in my MS60D and shop. I promise, if there were ANY car there parked such that I couldn't charge, I'd go looking for them!
     
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