Can You Unplug Another Electric Vehicle To Charge Your Own?

The charging time for electric cars, motorcycles, and scooters is generally much longer than for gas-powered vehicles. EV charging infrastructure currently puts a strain on available resources in addition to the long wait times. Therefore, electric vehicles are frequently charged whenever possible. Some might find that alleviates range anxiety, but those left behind aren't so lucky unless they take matters into their own hands.    This has been the case for some EV owners, with several drivers reporting that their fellow drivers unplugged their own vehicles to charge theirs. A dissatisfied EV owner even talked about their concerns online with other EV owners. A subreddit poster who posted a message under r/Electrics called out a public charger for not charging his car for only 20 minutes.

The charging time for electric cars, motorcycles, and scooters is generally much longer than for gas-powered vehicles. EV charging infrastructure currently puts a strain on available resources in addition to the long wait times. Therefore, electric vehicles are frequently charged whenever possible. Some might find that alleviates range anxiety, but those left behind aren't so lucky unless they take matters into their own hands.


This has been the case for some EV owners, with several drivers reporting that their fellow drivers unplugged their own vehicles to charge theirs. A dissatisfied EV owner even talked about their concerns online with other EV owners. A subreddit poster who posted a message under r/Electrics called out a public charger for not charging his car for only 20 minutes.


When the owner returned, he was surprised to find a Tesla charging at the station after receiving a notification that the car no longer charged. Moderators removed comments that violated Reddit guidelines after receiving a torrent of rude comments directed at the Tesla driver. There is currently no access to the subreddit as it has been locked by the Reddit moderator NotAddicted for expressing frustrations and outrage, shaming, or inciting retaliation.


However, the incident stirs up a discussion around modern EV charging etiquette despite the hostility and backlash. There are many parallels between laundry machines and charging stations. There is no harm in having someone move your clothes to the open dryer to use the washer if they finished laundry was just sitting in the washing machine.


The owner of the Tesla, however, missed the other car by 30 percent when it was 30 percent charged. As an analogy, I'd be highly upset if someone took my laundry out of the machine before it was rinsing. Just as you wouldn't steal a gas pump from another car to fill up your EV, so do electric vehicle owners look for solutions.


Some inns have adopted cards similar to those found at hotels' "Do Not Disturb" signposts that indicate whether or not it's a "convenience fee.". In Europe, with Level 2 charging requiring the use of locking cables, EV owners are required to provide their own Level 2 chargers.


While electric vehicle adoption is still young, users will develop appropriate etiquette as time goes on. Manufacturers and charging station operators need to do more to resolve the issues before owners will be able to rely on their own.


Sources: Reddit, Vice

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