DRIVERS of electric vehicles are demanding a new code of conduct for the use of public charging points.
A video on TikTok shows Tesla owners queuing for up to three hours over the holiday season to charge.
experts out LeasingElektroauto.de say a code of conduct is urgently needed to stop motorists bickering at charging stations.
Drivers have reported several incidents of angry motorists arguing over whose turn it is to use a charging station.
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Some even unplug other EVs to use the charger themselves.
New EV driver Jessica Fletcher complained on Facebook about the treatment she received at a charging station in a supermarket car park.
Speaking for the MG4 Owners Group, she said: “I’ve had the car a week, never had to queue for a charger, but tonight I think (if the screaming bloke is to be believed) I accidentally jumped in the queue.
“There seems to be so many unwritten rules and so much anger at those who get it wrong.
“I pulled into the parking lot and saw a guy in a little fancy car waiting for the chargers. I thought I did the right thing by parking in a cove off the beaten track and when the Smart had a spot I moved into its spot.
“Only then did I end up with a guy in a huge Audi jumping out of his car, jabbing his finger at me and yelling at me for skipping the line – he had been waiting and I had just pulled up.
“I quickly realized there was no point in explaining to him that I’d been parked in a cove and just begged him to leave me alone.
“Is it like this? Did my first charge lull me into a false sense of kindness because the guys using the chargers were nice?
“How do you know in which order to wait? Or would you rather not wait at all and avoid going to supermarkets, fitness studios or restaurants with charging stations? I wish I would have stuck to gas now, to be honest.”
People tuned in under the post, agreeing with Jessica and sharing their own stories about Charge Rage.
It comes as videos of Teslas queuing to use chargers at Tebay being serviced on the M6 were posted to Facebook and TikTok.
Members of a Tesla driver’s Facebook group said they waited hours for their cars to charge.
One said: “I’ve been here for over an hour.
’15 more ahead of me in line for a fee,’ they said, ‘easy to wait another 2 hours – minimum.’
Taking to Twitter, a Tesla car owner who joined the queue said: “Really annoying that the whole family has to wait two hours to charge the car.”
In response to the surge in charge rage, Tim Alcock of LeaseElectricCar.co.uk said: “Contrary to popular belief, not all EV owners are tree-hugging vegans who wouldn’t hurt a fly. The truth is that electric vehicles are now mainstream and the drivers using them are just a cross-section of the general public.
“They get just as angry and frustrated as other road users. But you also have to contend with a shortage of charging points and the added stress of range anxiety.
“When you factor these things in, it’s no wonder we’re seeing a worrying rise in reports of charge rage as drivers compete for a limited number of public charge points.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/9968880/electric-car-owners-call-for-new-code-of-conduct/ EV hell as owners demand new rules after ‘Charge Rage’ and Tesla’s three-hour queue