Electric Vehicle 'ICEing' Spreads to Germany

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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You’re likely familiar with the concept of “ICEing,” even if the term itself leaves you scratching that little dry spot on the top of your head. It’s when a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE) is intentionally parked at an EV charging space it cannot use in order to make a statement.

Presumably, that statement is little more than “I don’t like electric cars,” though there may be a more complicated dogma afoot — perhaps involving the role EVs play within society and the issue of the environment. We don’t really know, since there’s not a designated ICEing spokesperson to ask.

However, there’s no real need of an official mouthpiece to tell us that the movement has maintained its momentum.

Teslarati covered an event from September where dozens of members of Cars & Coffee Yorktown (New York) parked muscle cars and trucks in spaces clearly designated for EVs. It suggested the sabotage was getting more malicious, though the group organizing the event later said cars simply needed a place to park at the location and held no EV-related prejudices.

Roughly a month later, Teslarati reported on another incident — this time in Germany.

A photo Polizei Berlin posted to Twitter on November 9th shows a blue Ford Raptor being craned onto a flatbed for illegally occupying multiple charging stations.

“Our also cares about heavyweights: Had the big blue actually tapped the charging station, the electricity would probably have been lost in the surrounding households,” explains the translated tweet.

Considering the rather trivial (albeit selfish) nature of the crime, and the possibility that this Raptor owner may have just wanted a spot closer to the building, Berlin’s police force seems to be making an example on the off chance it might inspire others. That bit about creating blackouts if “big blue actually tapped the charging station” goes for any car and seems wholly unnecessary. It creates a sense that parking the truck illegally creates a larger danger to the community, which we assume was the intent.

Realistically, Polizei Berlin probably would have been better served by just ticking this guy or towing him in silence so they could keep making money off similar events. But clearly this is a warning to other drivers not to park in spaces the city has given over to EVs. Maybe German authorities are worried that anti-EV sentiments are on the rise and doesn’t want to risk a situation where dissenters obnoxiously clog up charging stations; regardless, we doubt it’ll do much to curtail ICEing. It’s bound to continue happening, even by accident, and one imagines there are loads of gas- and diesel-burning vehicles with owners who would still get a kick out of intentionally giving electric cars the middle finger.

I think the German equivalent involves tucking the thumb into the got-your-nose position.

Unser kümmert sich auch um Schwergewichte:

Hätte der große Blaue tatsächlich die Ladesäule angezapft, wäre vermutlich in den umliegenden Haushalten der Strom ausgefallen.

^tsm pic.twitter.com/ilxy0TvVP7

— Polizei Berlin (@polizeiberlin) November 9, 2019

[Images: Polizei Berlin]

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  • -Nate -Nate on Nov 14, 2019

    Being a dickhead is never O.K. . Making endless false anti California rants isn't O.K. either . I have a pickup truck, it's old and gets poor fuel economy, so what ? . I'd never park in a space I didn't deserve, I'm disabled and I don't always park in the handicap spots just because I can . I hope I never, _EVER_ am forced to buy/own/drive any all electric car but I don't fear and mindlessly hate them either . -Nate

  • Vvk Vvk on Nov 14, 2019

    Tonight I stopped by a Nissan dealer to use their fast charger. The charger was ICEd by a huge pickup truck. It wasn't new and it wasn't fancy. It looked like a work truck and had some weird signage about some cemetery and about honor and such. I went inside and asked if I could use the charger. The nice service manager went to get the pickup's owner. I stood by because I was curious to see the "bad" person who blocks EV chargers. A pathetic looking old man came out and got into the truck. It looked like it was not easy for him to drive the monster. I thought to myself: this is what these people are. Pathetic and feeble minded. I am going to start thinking about them differently.

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    • Ajla Ajla on Nov 15, 2019

      @vvk 'ICEing' is a bad practice and it shouldn't be done. However, the amount of dehumanizing elitism your are showing over someone parking in front of a charger at a Nissan dealer on a Thursday evening is appalling. Especially when you don't even know if malice was intended.

  • Jim Bonham Thanks.
  • Luke42 I just bought a 3-row Tesla Model Y.If Toyota made a similar vehicle, I would have bought that instead. I'm former Prius owner, and would have bought a Prius-like EV if it were available.Toyota hasn't tried to compete with the Model Y. GM made the Bolt EUV, and Ford made the Mach-E. Tesla beat them all fair and square, but Toyota didn't even try.[Shrug]
  • RHD Toyota is trying to hedge their bets, and have something for everyone. They also may be farther behind in developing electric vehicles than they care to admit. Japanese corporations sometimes come up with cutting-edge products, such as the Sony Walkman. Large corporations (and not just Japanese corporations) tend to be like GM, though - too many voices just don't get heard, to the long-term detriment of the entity.
  • Randy in rocklin The Japanese can be so smart and yet so dumb. I'm America-Japanese and they really can be dumb sometimes like their masking paranoia.
  • Bunkie The Flying Flea has a fascinating story and served, inadvertently, to broaden the understanding of aircraft design. The crash described in the article is only part of the tale.