Angry note at charging bay highlights 'lazy' electric car gripe

This charging bay faux pas is quick to frustrate electric vehicle owners looking to top up in car parks and allocated spots around Australia.

Two out of three cars in a row of charging bays copped angry notes for doing the wrong thing. Source: Facebook
Two out of three cars in a row of charging bays copped angry notes for doing the wrong thing. Source: Facebook

As demand for electric vehicles grows across Australia, so does the need for those motorists to find somewhere to charge up their cars. But with limited bays for charging, EV owners are quick to express their frustration when a vehicle uses the sought-after space for other purposes.

It’s an all too common problem emerging across the country. One motorist who spotted an angry note stuck to the windscreen of an EV said it highlights the “lazy” problem affecting drivers who have made the transition.

EV owner Kim told Yahoo News Australia he was in Parramatta in Sydney’s west on Monday when he spotted two out of three vehicles doing the wrong thing at a row of charging bays – with one disgruntled Aussie going as far as to put notes on the two cars.

“Don’t park here unless you are charging your car,” exclaimed one written message on an EV parked in a bay but not charging. The second note, spotted on a petrol car, known as ICE (Internal Combustion Engines) vehicles, which was also parked in a charging bay.

Despite being plugged in, the electric vehicle was not charging, prompting a passerby to write a note on the car. Source: Facebook
Despite being plugged in, the electric vehicle was not charging, prompting a passerby to write a note on the car. Source: Facebook

Kim said "parking was not an issue" with ample space elsewhere, telling Yahoo News Australia, “My view is that those two drivers are just lazy with no regard for the venue and their fellow drivers. I often park there and it's a regular occurrence.”

While unsure who wrote the notes, Kim argues the solution to the problem is “a change in behaviours” from motorists. “Do the right thing,” he told Yahoo. “Support our fellow drivers and venues regardless of your stance on EVs.

“It's that simple. There's simply no need to park in a spot that's not designated for ICE or a non-charging EV unless the sign says otherwise."

According to guidelines set out by NRMA, “camping” at a charging station, like the electric vehicle has allegedly done, is frowned upon.

“At the top of any list of lapses in EV charging etiquette would have to be drivers who leave their EV unattended on charge for longer than they need to,” the NRMA website states.

“This is sometimes referred to as ‘camping’ and is a source of great frustration for other EV drivers waiting to use the charger."

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