I was at the Santa Monica Mall recently. I specifically stopped there for lunch on a long route in my PHEV so I could charge during lunch and not have to burn gas on that trip.
When I got there, I found that all 6 of the J1772's were taken, 3 by Teslas (1-S, 1-X, and 1-3). So I couldn't charge and had to burn gas. But, gee whiz, that garage has 10 Tesla chargers that the rest of the EV community can't use. Despite that, 3 Tesla owners chose to block non-Teslas from charging.
It's bad enough that 10 of 16 chargers are restricted to Teslas. But to have Teslas take half of the other slots seems pretty bad - perhaps qualifying for the type of shaming that is due for people who ICE a charging spot?
I thought briefly about complaining to mall management and requesting that they post those spots as for non-Tesla only since Tesla has Tesla only spots (and more of them too). But that would just give management a reason to dislike EVs and be less supportive of this infrastructure that desperately needs more support.
Is there anything we can do to nudge Tesla owners into being more responsible with their parking behavior? I do recognize that the J1772's are in a more convenient parking location than the Tesla chargers. But using these as premium parking spots when it deprives other EV drivers the ability to charge at all is not a very efficient allocation of scarce infrastructure. And efficient use of this infrastructure is going to be critical if we really want widespread EV adoption.
Perhaps a variation of the EV charging etiquette flyer I've seen elsewhere on this site but specific to Tesla not being parked in spots for other EVs when there are dedicated Tesla only spots? I kind of don't like the idea of taking pictures and shaming them online for effectively ICE'ing the spot. I prefer to be more diplomatic if I can.
Any thoughts? Am I off-base and there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for their behavior that I haven't considered yet?
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