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Hi All,

I belong to a yacht club and my most common EV trip is to drive my Outlander PHEV 35km to the club, plug in to recharge, work on my boat and drive it home again several hours later.

The other day, when returning to my car at the yacht club, I saw someone unplugging it as I approached. I challenged the guy and he offered a half-hearted apology, citing angst at me "using power that other members have paid for" as his reason for unplugging.

I recall that I have occasionally returned to the car and found the charger switched off, but usually blamed myself for forgetting to turn it on.

I'm interested to collect stories of cars being unplugged or switched off or of vandalism to charging infrastructure.

It would also be useful to discuss ideas to try and reduce this behaviour. Here I would lean more towards things that are educational and/or big-picture rather than violent/aggressive actions directed towards the perpetrator which IMHO never work anyway.

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It's a long stretch of logic to feel hard done by when you're taking $2 worth of power. It's not like you were a blow in who wasn't a member of the yacht club.

I think as long as you get confirmation from the manager of the premises that it's OK to use, there shouldn't be a problem. Signage is always a good thing, and some of these hangers on the charge lead would help too. We tried to place an order for 800 of them but it went nowhere. I reckon we can make our own in the interim.

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I Had my charging cable switched off at the wall by the shopping trolley collector as I had parked in a EV charging spot but it was also the spot he liked to park his tractor and trailer due to the under use of the EV charging bay. Some power points that I've seen have a small hole that a padlock can be inserted to prevent it being turned off.
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I was unplugged at the magic car wash Morley about 6 months ago when they had new owners.

BMW n tesla lock the couplers while charging.
So it might be moot in future cars

I previously would look out for Evses that have a hole in the charge coupler so i could use a Bunnings padlock.
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Fake camera in the window next to the charge port.

Nothing comes to mind for the bigger picture.
There will always be people that feel they're not getting their fair share.
Doesn't matter if it's 1c or $100.
So the short answer is NO but the long answer is YES.
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By putting a padlock through that little plastic hole in the EVSE handle it's just asking for some one to snap it off and you end up with a uncharged car and a broken EVSE. Making it difficult to remove is just inviting more damage your car and EVSE while idiots are exercising there moronic tendency's.

Relying on public infrastructure for anything in life unfortunately involves dealing with the public. Of which statistically a % of them are going to upset you.
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On the yazaki connector it feels like metal
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Post by bmscott »

rhills wrote: I'm interested to collect stories of cars being unplugged or switched off or of vandalism to charging infrastructure.


Looks like California has big problems in this area: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/10/11 ... california

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Could always electrify the charging plug so they take some electricity home with them :D
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EV2Go wrote: Could always electrify the charging plug so they take some electricity home with them :D

I dunno... can't you get charged for that Image

[ Edit: meant to be punny ]
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coulomb wrote:
EV2Go wrote: Could always electrify the charging plug so they take some electricity home with them :D

I dunno... can't you get charged for that Image

[ Edit: meant to be punny ]


i dont know but it would be a shocking experience

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