- Photo: Police Berlin/Twitter

Electric vehicles are really something very divisive, aren't they? It's amazing how much hateful behaviour they can stir up in other motorists. A great example of this was discovered recently when a German F-150 Raptor owner was caught by his local police department in the process of what's known as "ICEing" a Tesla Model S. What's ICEing, you may ask? Well, it's what's being done in the main picture of this article - deliberately blocking access to EV chargers so EVs can't recharge their batteries. In this case no vandalism occurred thankfully, but in some cases ICEers have gone as far as ripping chargers out of the cars or even damaging the cars outright. Part of the reason why Tesla introduced Sentry Mode across their model lineup was because of the insane amounts of vandalism reports that were happening which involved Tesla vehicles.

Clearly the Berlin Police took this instance of ICEing very seriously, as you can see from this tweet on their official Twitter account. Loosely translated from German, the tweet's caption reads: "Our #A11 also cares about heavyweights: Had the big blue actually tapped the charging station, the electricity would probably have been lost in the surrounding households." Yikes. If that isn't a public warning against ICEing your local neighbourhood EVs, I don't know what is.

The main question we have to ask with the phenomenon of ICEing is this: why? It's as dumb as other anti-environmentalist pursuits such as rolling coal. All it does is make you look like an idiot and, as we've seen in the example here, your own vehicle is likely going to get towed. Whilst it's true that nobody likes to get their car towed, it honestly feels like towing is too nice of a punishment in some cases and it feels like there should be harsher punishments handed out for those who commit acts of vandalism on EVs or pull chargers out of cars that are in the process of charging up. Maybe the law will eventually catch up with this, as it's a relatively new phenomenon. Hopefully at least something is done or said about it.

If there's ever an automotive phenomenon that truly deserves the popular memetic phrase "OK Boomer", it's this, along with the aforementioned coal rolling. In a world where there are far more important things to worry about, we shouldn't be actively bullying people who have chosen to buy an electric car. It doesn't affect your life in the slightest.

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