Tesla Owners Have Found A Way To Get Back At Pickup Drivers Blocking Charging Stations
January 4th, 2019
Electric car owners seem to be getting a lot of flack lately. The latest involves gasoline-powered vehicles, mainly pickup trucks, that have been intentionally blocking the Supercharger stations for electric cars in a trend that is called "ICE-ing". Not only are they blocking the charging station, but some incidents go as far as to verbally harass the EV owners. What some people might not realize is that these electric cars are ridiculously heavy due to their huge battery packs, and they also pack a whole lot of instant torque. The lightest the Tesla X has ever been was a whopping 5,072 lbs. back when the company still sold it with a 60D battery.
Posted by Tesla Trip YouTuber, Patrick Lawson, a Tesla Model X 90D owner, wanted to try out a "De-ICE-ing" experiment. His sister recently bought a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 that weighs about 5,104 lbs., and he wanted to see if he could tow the full-sized pickup truck out of a Supercharger station. The experiment took place at an empty charging station in Loveland, Colorado. For the test, he even decided to pull the emergency brake while the vehicle was parked. As you can see in the video, the Model X towed the truck away from the Supercharger within minutes and with ease. While it seems like icy conditions may have favored the situation, it is possible for one of these cars to De-ICE the Supercharger station the next time somebody blocks it. Probably not recommended, but if push comes to shove, it's good to know that it can be done.