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Annapolis $100 Fine and Towing Could Apply to Unsuspecting EV Drivers

  • March 16, 2022 1:59 PM
    Reply # 12667825 on 10689525

    It's not just at public charging stations, but also Tesla Superchargers.  A few weeks ago, while traveling for a couple of days visit with our friends in Bradenton FL from our place in Melbourne, about 30 miles from our destination, we stopped at a supercharger and for lunch.  Although I still had about 120 miles of range left, I wanted adequate range to avoid having to charge during our visit. 

    Our lunch at the adjacent Red Lobster took longer than expected due to short staffing and about 45 minutes later, upon disconnecting I received a message along with my notification of a charge costs of $10.85 billed to my credit card that I would also have been charged $15 for idle time since my M3 had been left while charged to its limit for about 30 minutes, but since this was my first offense, the penalty was being waived. 

    Interestingly my M3 was the only occupant of the 8 superchargers at this location, so I was certainly not blocking access for any other Tesla.  

    I would never have left my car blocking a busy location and I have on a few occasions over the past 3 1/2 years of Tesla ownership been notified on my phone during our meal (or even on one occasion awaiting our lunch order to arrive at the table), that charging was complete.   It would be easy to run up a bill at $0.50 per minute especially at some sites where charging rates are very fast.   Since Tesla can notify me before arrival how many superchargers are available at any location, I wouldn't think it should be difficult to only charge for idle time when all or 90% of sites are in use and even warn us in advance that due to high demand at a particular location, idle time penalties would be applicable.  

     

     

    Last modified: March 16, 2022 2:09 PM | Richard Clements
  • June 23, 2021 9:44 AM
    Message # 10689525
    Harry Burch (Administrator)

    This came as a surprise to an EV driver who parked and plugged in to a public charging station. It's worth being aware of local ICE-ing laws to be sure you don't caught in this situation. 

    https://pluginsites.org/annapolis-100-fine-and-towing-could-apply-to-unsuspecting-ev-drivers/

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