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Angry Note About Tesla Highlights ‘Entitled’ EV Problem

Whether you’re an electric vehicle fan or hater, charging an electric vehicle has become a contentious issue among Australians, as infrastructure struggles to keep up with demand for the increasingly popular car.

A frustrated EV owner has highlighted a common problem faced by those looking to charge their cars – admitting he was forced to take drastic measures to alert a Tesla driver of his EV mistake.

It appears that the Tesla, parked at a charging station in a parking lot, left its car unattended to charge it, a move that goes against common EV etiquette. As a result, the owner of an electric vehicle took it upon himself to leave a note on the Tesla to inform the driver of his inappropriate movement.

“If you don’t load the car, don’t park here!!!” says the note.

A note that says: If you don't charge your car, don't park here!!A note that says: If you don't charge your car, don't park here!!

The note left by a disgruntled electric vehicle owner for a Tesla driver. Source: Facebook

Sharing a picture of the incident online, the motorist said there were plenty of places to park the car elsewhere so others could also charge.

“I don’t know what the owner was thinking,” he said. “I decided to leave a note in case he doesn’t know.”

One Australian reacted by saying the driver was “entitled”, while others thought the note didn’t go far enough. “I would also write ‘because other people want to charge here,'” another EV owner noted.

According to guidelines set by the NRMA, “camping” at a charging station, as Tesla has reportedly done, is number one when it comes to owning an electric vehicle.

“At the top of any list of EV charging label failures would have to be drivers who leave their EV unattended while charging for longer than necessary,” the NRMA website states.

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

  • Take care of the charger

  • Do not park non-electric vehicles at electric vehicle chargers

  • Avoid being short-tempered or rude

  • Be prepared to accept less than 100 percent charge

It’s certainly not the first time these rules have been broken and it won’t be the last as Australians increasingly turn to electric vehicles.

With currently only 3,000 public charging stations nationwide, equivalent to 7,000 individual plugs, the government is “working quickly to increase electric vehicle charging” while incentivizing automakers to import cleaner cars.

A line of Teslas waiting to charge in Keith, SA. A line of Teslas waiting to charge in Keith, SA.
The lack of charging stations was revealed over Easter weekend when dozens of Teslas queued to charge in the small town of Keith in rural South Australia. Source: TikTok

“We are working quickly to increase electric vehicle charging across Australia to ensure easier and cheaper driving over the holiday weekends,” Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen previously said.

Carola Jonas, CEO and founder of Everty, a software platform for electric vehicle charging stations, told Yahoo that while “the government is already doing quite a bit” to help meet Australian demand, funding and speed remain being “critical areas of concern.”

Electric vehicle owner and Two Blokes Talking Electric Cars host Trevor Long agreed that he would like to see independent charging companies like Evie grow faster than they do, and previously told Yahoo that the huge investment needed was a major obstacle.

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