For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction: After some unpleasantly disgruntled combustion engine drivers have been deliberately blocked charging stations, practical solutions are now ready to put an end to the practice – firstly in China, and now in Taiwan.
We reported that electric car users in China were able to block the blockers, so to speak, by means of a formidable iron guard. There, a Tesla Supercharger can only be accessed with a QR code supplied to Tesla drivers via WeChat, that then lowers the iron guard.
Now Tesla Taiwan have worked out another ingenious scheme: there, Supercharger ground locks have cameras that can identify a Tesla electric car via its license plate as the vehicle is backing up. Once identified, the ground lock simply unlocks and lower itself, allowing the Tesla to charge up unimpeeded.
The locks are not yet implemented in the USA, where “ICEing” has been somewhat of a problem. While some drivers might accidentally have overseen the fact that a ‘parking space’ was actually a Supercharger site, others are very deliberately obstructing charging points. In one incident, vandals even attacked a Supercharger by partially severing cables, followed by drilling through the stalls’ charging plugs.
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