- Photo: Police Berlin/Twitter

This F-150 Raptor owner is being ridiculous

OK Boomer...

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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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Comments (28)

  • Should be the same deal for dickheads who use the charging spaces as free parking for their EVs without (really) charging.

      7 months ago
    • Damn right! People who have chargers at home or are no in dire need to charge should not park in public EV spots. EV’s costs next to nothing to charge at home, at least with Canadian rates for electricity.

        7 months ago
    • Clearly someone who does not live in Ontario.

        7 months ago
  • i dont think ICEing should be dealth with harder then normal. but it should be dealt with normally. so blocking a charger get towed. but vandalising an EV is the same as vandalising a car. cause it is A CAR. and i dont think we should repremand people harder for vandalasing an EV over a normal car. but i do think that vandalism should be dealt with harder overall. not only a slap on the wrist but aslso a chair to the face for people who are so degenarate they need to destroy other people's property.

      7 months ago
    • I agree and disagree with your opinion, if it is indeed vandalism because the car is an EV it should be considered a hate crime. It’s the same principle as if a car is keyed because the person has a LGBT sticker on it, it’s a crime hate!

        7 months ago
    • Really... Hate Crime... So now people who buy electric cars are a protected class of citizens...

        7 months ago
  • Totally agree. After all, an electric car is just a car. There's no need to start conflicts that aren't really there.

      7 months ago
  • I don't support iceing but I certainly understand it in the states at least. EVs are still subsidized by the federal government which is an outright crime if you ask me. If my tax dollars are going towards paying for someone else's car and fuel I feel like we are all entitled to park in their spots. Not to mention that EV's are WAYYYYY dirtier then Petrol or diesel. If you don't believe me look up the massive polution caused my lithium mining to make EV batteries, or the coal burning power plants that produce the electricity your EV runs on. EV's are worse for the environment, you just don't see it's effects first hand so you can live in your little EV world of denial.

      7 months ago
    • So vandalism is ok because of subsidies? That’s moronic. You could just as well say vandalism of Boeing planes should be ok because the US government subsidises the company. Besides, Tesla cars won’t be getting federal subsidies in the US...

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        7 months ago
    • you may want to check out subsidies to fossil fuel companies...

        7 months ago
  • Fine and tow those who park in charging spots the same as illegal parking in a handicap spot.

      7 months ago
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