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Have you been 'ICE'd'? Drivers promote electric car parking etiquette

Blink, an electric car charging network, has developed printable notices that electric car drivers can use to inform gas drivers when their cars occupy spots reserved for electric cars, Voelcker writes.

By John VoelckerGuest blogger / October 26, 2012

A Hyundai BlueOn electric car is displayed at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile in this September 2012 file photo. Electric car drivers have a new way to combat inconsiderate gas car drivers, Voelcker writes.

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It's called in shorthand "being ICEd," meaning that an Internal-Combustion Engined car has parked in a space reserved for plug-in electric cars.

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What to do about it is the subject of much discussion among electric-car owners.

Now charging network Blink is offering at least a partial solution.

The company has put up on its website three different printable notices that can be placed under the wiper of the offending gasoline cars, pointing out to their drivers the error of their ways.

(Click here to download Blink courtesy notices.)

They range in tone from relatively polite to somewhat aggressive, with three different headlines:

  • You have ICEd* me!
  • Did you know you’re parked in an electricvehicle only parking spot?
  • You obviously know nothing about electric vehicles.

Along similar lines, Jack Brown-the owner of a BMW ActiveE electric car--posted a notice that simulates a traffic ticket to the ActiveE Facebook group.

We rather like the title of the official-looking document: "Notice of Inconsideration."

If you're an electric car driver, what tactics do you use when a charging spot is taken up by a gasoline car without a plug?

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