Opportunistic behavior requires etiquette for electric and petrol car drivers

petrol station in Croatia: e-car drivers demonstrating
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New technologies create new needs and new behavioral problems for the human kind. It takes time before a new worldwide etiquette that majority of people are willing to follow has been agreed. Electric vehicle charging stations exist for a reason: drivers have to top up their batteries once in awhile. Petrol engine car drivers sometimes see empty spaces at charging stations as free car parks. A conflict is inevitable. In Croatia, e-car owners had enough recently, and organized a demonstration against badly behaving petrol heads.

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Avoiding conflicts between petrol car drivers and electric vehicle owners

e-car charging parking San Francisco. Photo by mariordo59.
San Francisco. Photo by mariordo59.

Even if you don’t drive an electric car, you are probably aware of the way these vehicles are charged. Depending on the car (how modern it is) and the charging station (which electricity options and ports it has), topping up a battery may take some time – from 15 minutes to a few hours. Since gasoline car owners may regard a charging station that no one is using as a free car park, conflicts are inevitable.

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