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I just had it happen again today, probably the 6th or 7th time another EV driver gets super angry when I pull my 4xe into a charging spot. They obviously just think I'm some prick parking there, and it honestly is the funniest thing to see them lose it!

Curious if anyone else has experienced!
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I has a security guard come over and tell me that the charging spaces was for EV's only and I had to move. Once he saw that our 4xe was plugged in, he changed his tune and got friendly.
I ended up opening the hood so he could look at the engine and he looked inside too. Then he asked, if it was ok for me to let his co-workers look at it too.
So we had five security people looking at the EV and giving me lots of complements on it.
 

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I has a security guard come over and tell me that the charging spaces was for EV's only and I had to move. Once he saw that our 4xe was plugged in, he changed his tune and got friendly.
I ended up opening the hood so he could look at the engine and he looked inside too. Then he asked, if it was ok for me to let his co-workers look at it too.
So we had five security people looking at the EV and giving me lots of complements on it.
Ah that's super cool! I actually had a guy say my charging receptacle was fake!
 

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I've driven EVs for about 6 years, and if I had a dollar for every time I've encountered people blocking chargers I'd outperform the tax credit. Most of the time it's ignorance. Sometimes it's malice. Occasionally it's just outright narcissism. Almost got in a fight with a guy who parked his Land Rover in the only EV charging spot when the rest of the parking lot was empty. He couldn't be bothered to park one spot further away, everyone else be damned. I called him out on it, and he immediately got in my face. So yeah, being an EV driver is being somewhat used to this frustration and occasionally even prepared to de-escalate conflict. I don't blame these folks for being a bit defensive.

But here, that's part of the fun. The misunderstanding tends to breed curiosity about the 4XE in all but the staunchest environmentalists (I mean, our Jeeps aren't very efficient with their EV power after all).

There will still be some intentional dirty looks from the ranks of the Leafs (Leaves?) and e-Golfs of the world, just like the "Jeep wave" there tends to be an unspoken class system in the EV community about who is more deserving of that plug. I've certainly seen EV folks throw looks at PHEVs because they don't need to charge on the go and because generally, they charge slower than full EVs. I'm guilty of getting a little annoyed when driving in my full EV badly needing a charge, and seeing the only plug in the area taken by a Volt (or worse, a Volt that isn't even plugged in). In those moments I have to summon my better nature and remember that's part of the moment we're in, and we should all need to be pushing for better networks so there's enough to go around.

In any case, friendly reminder to have good plug etiquette. Only park at the plug when actively charging, obey the posted time limits if there are any, and consider being considerate if there's someone else waiting in need of a plug to get where they're going.
 

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I just applied and got confirmation from DMV for the clean pass in NY, allows me to drive in the HOV lanes all by myself. Cant wait for the stickers to arrive and for the first time a cop stops me in the HOV lane, gonna have to record his reaction. lol
 

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I was at the dealership a few days ago due to a paint issue I wanted to discuss. I was plugged in for about 10 minutes when a Tesla parks in the handicap spot (w/ no placard) next to me and unplugged my Jeep to plug himself in. Then Mr. Wonderful just sits in his car for about another 10 minutes. I told the service advisor and asked him to have my Jeep plugged back in. The guy ended up not even being a potential customer. He just rolled up to charge his Tesla at the Jeep dealership for free.
 

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I've driven EVs for about 6 years, and if I had a dollar for every time I've encountered people blocking chargers I'd outperform the tax credit. Most of the time it's ignorance. Sometimes it's malice. Occasionally it's just outright narcissism. Almost got in a fight with a guy who parked his Land Rover in the only EV charging spot when the rest of the parking lot was empty. He couldn't be bothered to park one spot further away, everyone else be damned. I called him out on it, and he immediately got in my face. So yeah, being an EV driver is being somewhat used to this frustration and occasionally even prepared to de-escalate conflict. I don't blame these folks for being a bit defensive.

But here, that's part of the fun. The misunderstanding tends to breed curiosity about the 4XE in all but the staunchest environmentalists (I mean, our Jeeps aren't very efficient with their EV power after all).

There will still be some intentional dirty looks from the ranks of the Leafs (Leaves?) and e-Golfs of the world, just like the "Jeep wave" there tends to be an unspoken class system in the EV community about who is more deserving of that plug. I've certainly seen EV folks throw looks at PHEVs because they don't need to charge on the go and because generally, they charge slower than full EVs. I'm guilty of getting a little annoyed when driving in my full EV badly needing a charge, and seeing the only plug in the area taken by a Volt (or worse, a Volt that isn't even plugged in). In those moments I have to summon my better nature and remember that's part of the moment we're in, and we should all need to be pushing for better networks so there's enough to go around.

In any case, friendly reminder to have good plug etiquette. Only park at the plug when actively charging, obey the posted time limits if there are any, and consider being considerate if there's someone else waiting in need of a plug to get where they're going.
Ever notice Leafs have a habit of staying on the chargers long after the battery is charged?
 

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Parked at a public charging station while in a restaurant nearby eating breakfast. Looked up to see man photographing the charger and then my charge point. Bu the time I picked my coffee and food from the table he was gone. Sat in vehicle to finish food an watch over my 4xe. Never saw the man again , but it sure was weird
 

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Parked at a public charging station while in a restaurant nearby eating breakfast. Looked up to see man photographing the charger and then my charge point. Bu the time I picked my coffee and food from the table he was gone. Sat in vehicle to finish food an watch over my 4xe. Never saw the man again , but it sure was weird
Probably an EV fan, or just a Jeep fan— either way I’d speculate someone who didn’t know Jeep had a PHEV. That really goes back to the original essence of this thread… and other replies too… its a lot of ignorance.

What actually drives me nuts are at places like the few grocery stores locally that have J1772 outlets — and some 200-300 mile range Tesla is charging there. I’ve had my share of small range EVs (just sold my 2021 Mini Cooper SE 100% electric 115 mile range EV for the Jeep 4XE). In my case, i often -needed- that power/charge to get the rest of my day miles covered. In the case of the 4XE, we clearly don’t NEED the miles, but it is the whole purpose of going electric. Whether you did it for cost, for the environment, whatever….

But as @Bren said above— this too has been my finding. I’ve had at least 1 plug in car in our garage since 2012 and we’ve been 100% electric for most of the past 10 years (going to kill me to put petrol in The 4XE, but i love jeeps)— anyhow … i just wish more places put the EVSE near the back of the parking lot not the front. They get “ICEd” over too much where most places put them and it sucks. Sigh…
 
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