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Rudeness in Transit Park and Ride
May 29, 2017
8:59 pm
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Hey all, I'm a fairly new owner of an EV car in the Victoria area, and am very unimpressed with the rudeness of some people.  I commute in to work from the Sooke area and park in Colwood, Transit Park and Ride Area, in a charging spot (if available) while I take a bus into work.  Today I had a nice little message on my window calling me a Jerk for taking up a spot (posted to my rear window).

There's are at least 3 or 4 other charging spots in a 2 block radius (The library at Juan De Fuca, over by the Coast Capital up the street, plus at least 1 more in the same parking lot).

Maybe I'm wrong, and misunderstanding things, but isn't the point of the Colwood Transit Park and Ride, to park and commute?

I really hope that this isn't the common attitude of the Victoria EV community, but it really ruins a persons day when people treat you like that.



May 29, 2017
10:08 pm
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Seems like there might be a Facebook post/group about this situation, I'm kinda glad I'm not part of it cause I'm getting more annoyed about this as time goes on.  It appears that along with taking up the spot (which I did, it IS a park and ride after all), they're also trying to get people riled up even more by saying my car was set to have the charger locked so nobody else could use it (Though the spot I was in, you couldn't "borrow" it anyway unless you parked illegally, which you should be getting a ticket for), when in fact I know for a fact it wasn't.. I think I've only ever had it in a locked position once, after someone pulled out my charger (I was at the 440v charger in Uptown) while I was only at 50% charge (And I'd just like to point out that I never posted online bitching about it or posting photos of people license plates/bad mouthing them, it's really not THAT big of a deal.. I was able to get home just fine)... had it on lock for a couple days after that cause I was kinda annoyed, but I find that it being locked is annoying cause I have to pull out my keys to unlock it.

June 6, 2017
9:26 pm
Colwood BC at the Hobbit House
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Hi Stephen,

                 I believe there is a sign there for the EV spaces that reads: No Parking Except for Electric Vehicle Charging". So technically if you are not charging, you should'nt be parked there to be fair to other EV owners. I usually leave my connector on auto if I use a public charger, so it will unlock automatically when charged if I'm not there.

I was thinking about making up a card for my dash that says "Connector Set To Auto, Will Unlock Automatically When Charged" on one side and "Connector Unlocked, Feel Free To Disconnect" on the other for when I'm just topping up. 



June 7, 2017
11:23 am
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Great discussion point as this is becoming more and more of a problem as EV ownership now exceeds 5000 cars in BC. As I live in Vancouver we have a similar issue where people park in L3 and L2 charging locations when the go into a mall for hours of shopping. I find this disrespectful to the rest of the EV population because charger space is limited. We should all know when we need to come back to our cars and move them to allow other users access. Some of the new L3 chargers in Vancouver now kick you off the charger and shut down at 80-90% full charge. Like Ian I to have a sign that says unplug me when I am fully charged or text me if you need the charger. If you are parking in a Park and Ride and then going to work for eight hours only to return to your car at the end of the day then yes I believe you are abusing the charger space. You will have to find another way to charge up your car. We also need to educate BC Hydro who installs charging stations that the cords need to be longer and that access to the charger needs to be from all four sides. I follow DaveinOlyWA and his blog showed a recent photo of a charging station built that was like a wheel. Access points from six sides for three connectors.

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