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    Tesla Supercharger etiquette: property owner closed down station after a non-Tesla car was ‘vandalized’ in charging spot

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    The charging etiquette is something electric vehicle owners must get used to – though most of it is common sense and fairly straightforward. Tesla has recently implemented changes to its Supercharger network, like idle fees, in order to incentivize owners to follow good charging etiquette.

    There’s one thing though that EV owners have little power over and that’s gas-powered cars parking at charging stations. It’s certainly a recurring problem at Tesla Superchargers and it degenerated quite badly at a station in France this week. more…

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    Fred really shouldn't be editorializing like this. That's a pretty ridiculous thing to say. If I have idiot Tesla owners in the area, who are most likely NOT staying at the hotel, and take it upon themselves to vandalize employee and customer vehicles, then I would definitely feel the need to take action to prevent that. And the first lever available is the one that shuts off power to the superchargers.

    Sure, the hotel could add signs that say that the spaces are available for general parking. Sure, the hotel could add security cameras to help them catch and prosecute the vandals. But these are extra expenses, on top of the hotel paying for the supercharger's electricity. If you make the cost of hosting a supercharging station too high, then hotel owners are going to lose the incentive to do so.

    Ideally, Tesla should volunteer to add signs and security cameras for this hotel. It will help convince hotel management to keep the station in operation, and hopefully prevent future acts of vandalism.
     
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      In the end I don't think having superchargers that people need to get home, and long(ish) term parking in the same spot is a viable idea. Entitlement will run heavy in both directions, and that is a recipe for conflict.

      Thank you kindly.
       
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        While it sucks to have a charger blocked yeah you can't just damage property. Tesla was really smart with the SCs near me. You can access them from the front or back as they're just in the middle of the lot but also at the furthest point from stores so nobody wants to park there.
         
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          I don't think that the hotel is paying for the electricity.
           
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          You're correct. I was thinking of Tesla's destination charging program.
           
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            Maybe whoever vandalized the car by pouring oil on it thought it was a Tesla car.
             
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            This got me thinking further that we will probably see a lot of this and also as the Model3 comes out there might be some tensions between EV adopters and ICE drivers. Hopefully it's not the case but I can already see it in YouTube comments and such.
             

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