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Tesla-hating pickup drivers are blocking charging stations, Model X owner shows they can...

By midian182 · 46 replies
Jan 3, 2019
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  1. The ICE-ing phenomenon was first highlighted a couple of weeks ago in Hickory, North Carolina when 3 large pickup trucks blocked a Supercharger station next to a Sheetz, all while the owners chanted “f*ck Tesla.” It was only when confronted by a Sheetz employee that they left.

    Several Reddit users have posted examples of ICE-ing taking place in other states, though it’s not clear if all of these are protests against Tesla or if some are just people not realizing, or caring, that they've parked in front of the stations. In some states, it’s illegal for gas-powered vehicles to block EV chargers, and more locations are working on introducing similar laws.

    While antagonizing several angry pickup drivers even further probably isn’t a good idea, YouTube channel Tesla Trip showed that EV owners could tow one of the offending vehicles away from the chargers. Patrick Lawson proved that his Model X could tow his sister's 5,000-pound Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup. The truck didn’t have its manual parking brake applied, though the transmission was in park.

    "I just keep seeing videos of people ICE-ing, and figured this would be a good de-ICE-ing video," said Lawson. "All of us Tesla owners are super nice guys, and we don't want any confrontation with these jerks that are blocking Superchargers."

    "If you need to, show them this video. If anything, they're just a minor inconvenience," he continued. Although there's no guarantee that doing so won't lead to a punch in the face.

    ICE-ing has been compared to ‘rolling coal,’ an anti-environmentalist practice whereby truck owners rig their diesel engines to consume more fuel so they emit clouds of black smoke.

    Main image credit: BarcodeOfficial

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,397   +2,934

    They could be labelled racists, once ethnicity of Mr Musk is determined.
  3. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 28   +12

    Stupidity at it's finest.
    senketsu, rpjkw11, FF222 and 2 others like this.
  4. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 505   +437

    Well, He is African, so what is there to determine?

    Also, in Murica, a redneck in 3 tonne truck can serve You much worse than punch in a face.
    Underdog likes this.
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,970   +1,174

    Kinda fake.... Silverado blocked maybe 4 of 9 charging stations (vide 2:44 in clip).

    Aside, towing works better if you wet the pavement and is not good on gravel.

    Better to pass a proper local statute and do it legally.
  6. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,523   +1,733

    The jalopnik comment section already tore apart this clickbait-tier writing. Outside of one set of pictures, this isnt being widely reported, and is likely limited to a couple arseholes, if it is happening at all and isnt being staged. The tesla dragging out a truck that happens to be on a sheet of ice suggests this is entirely begin done to play up how "amazing" the tesla is.

    To add in, charging stations are not protected by law, they are just parking spaces at the end of the day; the only spots you can be legally towed from without the property owner's permission is handicapped spots. If someone parks there, there is squat you can do about it. If you go and tow their vehicle out of the spot, you are opening yourself up to lawsuits for property damage, along with whatever punishment the irate owner decides to inflict upon you depending on who you screw with.

    Also, the Tesla bros should consider this: how would you react to someone using their bro truck to rip your tesla out of a parking spot? Because that is the exact thing you are advocating doing.
    Well Chevy employs Black people, Asians, and immigrants, of both male and female persuasions, so the tesla owner here is being double plus racist AND sexist, AND Islamophobic, AND are literal nazis because they are attacking those immigrants by towing a truck!
  7. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 684   +511

    "All of us Tesla owners are super nice guys" All? LOL. Same guy probably made a statement that "All truck drivers are a-holes"

    If I were to do something like this, it would only be because Musk is pushing these self-wrecking cars on us at the public's safety risk. Why do I not own a tesla? Why do I not own tesla stock any more? That is why. People are dying directly because of self-wrecking technology. Musk doesn't care, either.

    Anyway, I think it's a pretty stupid statement to do this, but it is getting headlines, so mission accomplished?
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,249   +3,664

    What do they hope to accomplish? They certainly aren't going to slow down the influx of electric vehicles. Personally I'd like to see a simple $1,000 fine. I don't think too many drivers will go past one of those ......
    GirlDownunder, rpjkw11 and mark kram like this.
  9. Jeff Re

    Jeff Re TS Addict Posts: 143   +105

    Because no one ever died from a gas-powered vehicle...
  10. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 684   +511

    Perhaps you should re-read the comment slower. I said nothing about EV vs ICE. *roll eyes*
    psycros and btfsttg like this.
  11. fps4ever

    fps4ever TS Guru Posts: 295   +280

    Pulling that kind of thing has to break some sort of stupidity record. I mean why?
  12. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,144   +836

    Racism has come a long way hasn't it?
  13. woofer

    woofer TS Enthusiast Posts: 42   +7

    Could Tesla owners work around it by carrying appropriate extension cords?
  14. Lew Zealand

    Lew Zealand TS Guru Posts: 584   +480

    So people are no longer responsible for their actions? If a few individuals are so damn stupid to get their cars wrecked, it's the manufacturer who is blamed? Is the crash rate higher with "self-wrecking technology" than other types of driving? In other threads on TS, people extol the virtues of actually being responsible for their actions, but we'll just make an exception here, right?
  15. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,153   +1,411

    huh? what race of people drive Teslas?
  16. JaredTheDragon

    JaredTheDragon TS Guru Posts: 563   +374

    Elan Mask is blatantly and obviously and admittedly Jewish. I don't know why anyone thinks this would be a mystery, it's right there on his bio and Wiki. But his "race" would be white obviously, since heritage isn't a race.

    What a strange thing to say. Africa is a continent, not a race, and the guy is Jewish as he's told us himself. Nothing wrong with that, but we can at least make sense when we're discussing things.
  17. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 684   +511

    Yes people are responsible for their own actions, but these cars are being directly controlled by the companies who wrote the software. It is not the customer that caused the wreck/fatality - it is a direct failure of the hardware/software, bad design. If a person is driving/controlling their own car, yes it is on the person as it always has been.
    psycros likes this.
  18. yfo866

    yfo866 TS Rookie

    "People are dying directly because of self-wrecking technology. Musk doesn't care, either."

    Care to quantify that ridiculous statement?
    Charles Olson likes this.
  19. yfo866

    yfo866 TS Rookie

    How long? AND then park how far away from the charger? Cables thick enough and tough enough not to get damaged when driven over. Firmly attached to the ground so as to not trip some ambulance chasing money grabbing dickhead intent on bring a law suit against someone...
  20. yfo866

    yfo866 TS Rookie

    The human race
    Charles Olson likes this.
  21. yfo866

    yfo866 TS Rookie

    North America is also a continent. And what do we call people from North America???
    I'll give you a clue.
    It rhymes with north american.........
  22. yfo866

    yfo866 TS Rookie

    I find these atttudes towards electric car owners a bit confusing. To me this like me liking Land Rovers and hating Jeeps. I do like Land Rovers, in fact I own three different models. Jeeps are crap but I don't hate them for being crap. I just feel sorry for the owners, as I do for most Americans who feel they have to own and drive American designed and built cars. But you wouldn't find me parking one of my cars in front of a fuel pump just to stop a Jeep owner from filling up and continuing his/her misery in driving their substandard heap :)
  23. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,496   +513

    I wonder if any horse and buggy drivers parked in front of gas terminals in protest of gas powered vehicles.
  24. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 330   +179

    "Kinda fake" ?? Wut? He said it was his sisters truck, did you even watch the whole thing or just skip through? How is it "fake"?
  25. dogofwars

    dogofwars TS Addict Posts: 175   +71

    Yeah you are right just like the Ford Pinto is really safe. Especially when you rear end it.
    Charles Olson and GirlDownunder like this.

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