E-drivers declare war on charging station clingers
‘Charging station clingers’, they are the new plague of electric drivers: cars that occupy a charging station for hours while their batteries are already charged. This frustrates other drivers with a nearly empty battery who can’t find a charging station nearby. The Dutch Electric Drivers Association (VER) and energy companies, such as Vattenfall (Nuon), are now advocating that motorists should pay more if they violate the ‘charging station etiquette’ by using it as a parking place.
Only during the day
Instead of the word fine, VER board member, Maarten van Biezen, prefers to speak of a small price incentive. “To motivate people to move their car after recharging, a modest storage of a quarter per hour is enough, I think”, says Van Biezen.
The rise for those charging station clingers should only apply during the day – the VER does not requite people to move their recharged car at four o’clock at night. In the provinces of Brabant and Limburg, Vattenfall already charges e-drivers 22 cents for every hour that they unnecessarily occupy a charging station. The result: a sharp increase in the number of available charging stations.
No big problem
The problem of ‘charging station clingers’ is not frighteningly large. According to a study by the Hogeschool of Amsterdam (HvA) in the four major cities, only one on twenty recharging sessions of the 134.000 electric cars in the Netherlands lasts 24 hours or longer.
By way of comparison: charging the battery at one of the 38.000 charging stations in the Netherlands usually takes between one and four hours.
The study also shows that the charging stations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht are unnecessarily occupied 183 hours a year, or just over a week.
The VER does not want to demonize the charging station clingers, but rather teach motorists some elementary etiquette. It’s also the reason why they don’t want stricter fines, for example, if a charging station is occupied more than 8 hours.
This would also put bona fide e-drivers in the same category as charging station clingers. After all, what about motorists who park their cars at a charging station in the evening to be able to go to work with them in the morning?