A parked Model X at the Newark, Delaware Tesla Supercharger prompted a lot of reactions from the Tesla community over the weekend. The Model X in question decided to block 3 Supercharger stalls instead of removing its bike rack, which is seen as a breach of the unofficial Supercharger etiquette.
The pictures were posted to the Tesla Worldwide Owners group on Facebook and were later shared on other Tesla communities on Reddit and other forums – generating hundreds of comments.
Unsurprisingly, the comments were generally negative toward the Model X owner. The Tesla owner who posted the picture, Debra, wrote:
Dear California jackhole,
Here in Delaware we think it is rude to take 3 supercharger spaces with one vehicle.
What is wrong with you?????? This takes selfishness to a new level.
Note: To everyone commenting that he had to park like this because of the bike, there were better ways to do this. Even backing in at an angle would have been better because you only would use two spaces. This was the least considerate choice. AND he was there longer than we were. SMH
The “California Jackhole” insult was because a California license plate was installed on the vehicle.
One Redditor, TeslaPittsburgh, was one of only a few community members giving the Model X owner the benefit of the doubt:
Removing a rack is a bit demanding but certainly should be sure there are available slots for others and stay with the vehicle and move if necessary. I won’t condemn this owner without seeing what the availability of the other Superchargers was at the same time.
He has a good point, but that would require the owner to stick around in order to be ready to move the vehicle if another Tesla is coming to charge. It not clear if the owner would have been able to do that in this case.
It certainly highlights a few minor difficulties with electric vehicle charging, especially now that the Model X is able to tow a trailer (and obviously a bike rack). Maybe some charging station configurations will need to be updated in order for a vehicle with a trailer to park without having to remove it.
In the meantime, the respectful thing to do, and what the unofficial Tesla Supercharger etiquette would suggest, would be to stay around the car and be ready to move it if need be. Or at least leave a note with contact information.
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