His Chevrolet Silverado’s making history as one of the first to ICE a parking spot reserved for EVs.
Alaska’s Worst Drivers Facebook Group member Amanda Hanks shared what she saw parked at this EV Charging station at the Dimond Center in Anchorage, AK, a Chevrolet Silverado (aka a regular ol’ gas truck) parked at a ChargePoint-branded Electric Vehicle charging station pretending to be an EV with the charging cable sticking out of their Silverado’s hood.
Check out the photos that, according to Hanks, “…made me laugh!”
If you’re curious, the exact location is 800 E Dimond Blvd, site of one of the two ChargePoint EV chargers at the Dimond Shopping Center. (Google Maps link found here.)
According to Plug In Sites, unlike more progressive states like California and Massachusetts with anti-iceing laws (legislation that specifically prohibits gas cars from taking up spaces reserved for EV charging) Alaska, a state not yet known for its EV-friendly legislation, has no anti-iceing laws.
In other words, what this Silverado owner is doing, while cheeky and annoying to an actual electric car owner who found this space occupied by said gas truck, is technically not breaking any laws because, well, there aren’t any.
At this point in Alaska’s electric car history, leaving EV charging parking spots open is regulated purely by honor system.
Surprisingly, Facebook group members didn’t take kindly to these supposedly humorous photos.
“Sigh, *gets out key,*” AK Ethan menacingly commented.
For the record, I don’t condone this type of private property destruction.
“Well, unsurprising it’s a 4 door truck doing it,” Ottie Ottowski commented. “He probably thought he was owning the libs.”
This Silverado owner might be doing EV owners a favor as, according to this charging station’s review, “They charge a lot for a parking fee.”
A parking fee is what ChargePoint charges an EV user for parking plugged-in but not charging (when charge reaches 100 percent or stopped at a pre-determined charging percentage.)
In this case it’s 30 cents an hour or $18 an hour just to sit there…yikes!
In all honesty this is a d**k move, plain and simple.
This type of d**k move might not mean much in Alaska as only .12 percent of cars are EVs, but EV adoption is only going to increase over the years.
Sooner or later, ICE-ing EV charging parking spots will no longer be tolerated.
It’s not a matter of if, but when.