Revengeful Tesla drivers plug in Model 3 and Model Y that unnecessarily occupy Supercharger spots
Long lines and extensive wait times can be a real nuisance for EV drivers who quickly want to charge their electric car on their daily commute or long-awaited road trip. However, a small number of Tesla owners in the US and China still seem to park their battery-powered vehicles in Superchargers spots although they don’t need to actually charge them. For some Tesla Model Y and Model 3 owners, this may have consequences.
In a more or less controversial trend, annoyed Tesla drivers are now actively trying to “discourage” this inconsiderate behavior. According to a report by Teslarati, which refers to various social media posts, some vigilantes are taking matters into their own hands by simply plugging the parking violator’s EVs into the Supercharger. As a result, the owners of these Tesla Model 3 and Model Y will then have to pay a so-called “idle fee”, which can quickly add up.
In the United States, these idle fees are currently set at US$0.50 or US$1 per minute, depending on how busy the respective Supercharger is. Therefore, leisurely shopping trips can quickly become quite expensive for these parking offenders. Nevertheless, it is questionable if an unauthorized person should be able to simply open the charging flap of a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y by pressing the according button on the charger. Therefore, it remains to be seen if Tesla will soon stop these Supercharger vigilantes with an according software update.
For those wondering, yes you can open the charge port of a locked 3/Y by pressing the button on the charger. It worked. Good deed done for the day! pic.twitter.com/i6Lh9amX2U— Zack (@BLKMDL3) January 22, 2023