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New Tesla Cybertruck revealed: yes, it really looks like this

Tesla Cybertruck reveal

Looking like a vision from a sci-fi future, this is the new Tesla Cybertruck. Far from the Tesla-ified Ford F-150 pick-up we were all expecting, it seems to have been abducted from the set of the next Blade Runner film.

The reveal was genuinely frightening. As company boss Elon Musk exclaimed “So, I present to you: the Cybertruck!” smoke machines billowed and dystopian dubstep played. A YouTube commenter said “I thought four more Elons were going to get out of the truck”. At this point, would that surprise anyone?

What did surprise everyone was the styling. This jagged, otherworldly machine reminded us of the cuboidal on-board robot TARS from Interstellar. Musk’s claim that “it doesn’t look like anything else”, is certainly true.

Don’t think it isn’t serious, though. There are some very impressive real-world claims Tesla makes about the truck. Let’s first explore the stuff we’re used to talking about.

Tesla Cybertruck: the figuresTesla Cybertruck reveal

Range figures start from 250 miles for the single-motor RWD model, rising through the 300-mile dual-motor AWD to a massive 500 miles for the tri-motor AWD. Three motors suggests the top-end variant could be running a version of the PLAID powertrain Tesla has been testing at the Nurburgring in the Model S. However, no specifications for the battery sizes have been revealed thus far.

Performance ranges from a 0-60mph time of 6.5 seconds for the single-motor, to a scarcely-believable 2.9 seconds for the tri-motor. Towing capability goes from 3.4 tonnes to a massive 6.3 tonnes. The dual-motor, for the record, will hit 60mph in 4.5 seconds and tow 4.5 tonnes.

The load rating for the bed in all three models is 1.5 tonnes, with 100 cubic feet of capacity. Tesla claims it’ll be the most capable truck off-road, too, with a 35- and 28-degree approach and departure angles.

Musk also mentioned an adjustable 16 inches of ground clearance, achievable with the full air suspension and the adaptive damper system. It can drop the rear for loading, which he demonstrated with their ATV ‘Cyberquad’, as it drove up a ramp onto the bed. The truck also has an on-board air compressor, giving the air suspension system a second use.

How much will the Cybertruck cost?Tesla Cybertruck reveal

This is an area where trailblazing electric cars tend to come unstuck. Not so the Cybertruck. For the single-motor with 250 miles of range, Tesla claims you’ll pay the equivalent of £31,000 before any grants. That rises to £38,700 for the dual-motor, and £55,200 for the tri-motor. These are, of course, dollar prices converted to pounds at the current exchange rate. But you get the idea.

You can reserve one now for a fully-refundable £100 (yes, it’s in pounds on Tesla’s website). Production will ‘near’ in late 2021, while the tri-motor will arrive in late 2022 and into 2023.

The trapezoidal truckTesla Cybertruck reveal

Much as the world likes to give Elon grief, and much as he gives it cause to, he raised some interesting points about the current state of pick-up design. Fundamentally, it hasn’t changed for decades. Musk described the body-on-frame and bed-on-frame as “carried cargo, like a sack of potatoes. They don’t do anything useful”.

Looking to get away from that, the Cybertruck uses an ultra-hard cold-rolled stainless steel exoskeleton. The mass is on the outside – what you see, most of the bodywork, is also the chassis. A major benefit of this is strength, as Musk spent much of his presentation demonstrating with sledgehammers and shooting videos.

Also new is the Tesla armour glass, referred to by Musk oh-so-humbly as “see-through metal”. Although a sample survived a live drop test very well, the glass on the truck itself didn’t prove so strong. Musk didn’t like the taste of humble pie, shouting expletives as the glass smashed. “There’s room for improvement,” he followed.

Tesla Cybertruck reveal

Other observations? That slab top that goes from the windscreen to the end of the loadbed appears to roll and fold away like shutters. In the ATV demonstration, it rolls into storage at the point where the bed meets the cabin.

The inside is tame by comparison with the exterior. Seating for six is available, as per pick-up convention. The steering wheel looks to be borrowed from the Roadster supercar (still unreleased) and the 17-inch screen is very much in the style of the Model 3.

Tesla Cybertruck reveal

We do have some queries. For one, the design doesn’t look too pedestrian-friendly. We’d love to hear what Euro NCAP thinks of it, and indeed how it performs in a wind tunnel. Also, given the ‘chassis is the body’ design, how much will it cost to repair after an accident? Food for thought. That’s all to come, though.

For now, Tesla has yet again reminded us why it’s so often referred to as a ‘market disruptor’. Mock Musk and his endeavours all you want, but he knows how to grab a headline. He also seems more like a Bond villain with every passing day, and he’d probably take that as a compliment.

Tesla gets top score in low-carbon assessment

Tesla Moody's carbon assessment

Electric automaker Tesla has received top marks in an environmental impact study. The Carbon Transitional Assessment (CTA) score is awarded by research and analytics group Moody’s, and measures how effectively a marque is transitioning to low carbon cars.

In the assessment of 20 car manufacturers, Tesla was the only brand to receive a top CT-1 score, with the lowest possible rating being CT-9. BMW, Honda, Geely and Toyota all got respectable marks, thanks to their low-emissions models.

Tesla Moody's carbon assessment

“Our new assessment gives us a way of monitoring progress in aligning with the low carbon transition,” said vice president of Moody’s, James Leaton. 

“2020 is set to be a critical year for automakers proving whether they can deliver electric vehicles at scale to achieve compliance in Europe and China.”

Moody’s says that car manufacturers should be aim to electrify at least a quarter of their fleets, in order to meet guidelines for sustainability set by the International Energy Agency.

Tesla misses out on top-10 sales spot

Tesla’s introduction of the Model 3 into the European market has markedly increased EV uptake. In September, the new all-electric executive car was Europe’s 11th best-seller. Tesla’s market share for EVs in Europe is nearly 50 percent. 

Meanwhile, in the second-hand market, it was recently revealed that the all-electric Renault Zoe is the UK’s fastest-selling used car

Tesla Model 3 is 11th bestselling car in Europe

Tesla misses out on top-10 sales spot

September 2019 was a bittersweet month for Tesla. While it was the best month for Model 3 sales since launch, the electric car just missed a top 10 European sales spot. 

According to JATO figures, 17,505 Model 3s were delivered in Europe in September. It misses out on 10th place by just 217 units, behind the Renault Captur.

It’s the first time an electric car has come so close to Europe’s top 10. September’s overall bestsellers in Europe were the Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Corsa and Renault Clio.

In terms of market share, Tesla should be pleased. A total of 19,500 cars registered in September gives the EV manufacturer nearly half of the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) market.

What powered September 2019’s new cars?

Tesla misses out on top-10 sales spot

In terms of fuel type, September 2019 sees petrol climb from 58 percent to 59 percent market share. Meanwhile, alternative-fuel vehicles have grown from 7.8 percent to 10 percent. Diesel has dropped again, from 33 percent to 29 percent.

Hybrids have seen a sales growth of 32 percent, while plug-in vehicle sales have grown by 28 percent. Predictably, the Model 3’s success has inflated electric vehicle sales growth massively. Year-on-year, electric cars are up a massive 120 percent.

Overall car sales up 14 percent

As for overall sales, there was a 14 percent jump in year-on-year comparisons. However, the negative impact the WLTP deadline had on September 2018 means that last month’s figures look unusually strong. A 23 percent drop was registered last year, compared with September 2017.

Tesla misses out on top-10 sales spot

The overall growth posted in August-September indicates that, despite the market’s new challenges, consumer demand continues to be strong in Europe,” said Felipe Munoz, JATO’s global analyst.

“This is a good sign for the coming months, when the looming CO2 targets become even more pressing for the industry.

“Despite the negative views about the state of the industry, the data shows that we still have a healthy European car market – although there are many challenges heading its way, of course.”

Why are some Teslas ‘dead’ after five years?

Tesla dead after four years

We’re used to short-term obsolescence with smartphones, but is it acceptable in cars? Would you be happy if the Tesla you paid six figures for five years ago is now immobile?

We suspect not. But that’s the reality some early adopters are facing, as the very earliest models from the electric car manufacturer are losing their charging capability.

It brings to the fore a looming question about the company that, excluding the original Lotus-based Tesla Roadster, has been only selling cars for seven years. What is long-term reliability like? A report by Business Insider suggests some worrying problems.

What is killing Teslas in five years?

Tesla dead after four years

The issue appears to be with the car’s on-board flash storage, which gets overloaded and leaves the car unable to charge, or load up its all-controlling screen. And no, an over-the-air update won’t currently fix this one.

The chip is called the eMMC, installed on the car’s MCU1 (Media Control Unit) component. It’s the kind of temporary memory that other digital gadgets have. It writes, erases, and re-writes memory to assist with performing tasks.

In the case of Tesla, according to repairers, the eMMC is working overtime writing vehicle logs. With a finite number of writes available, these chips are being burnt out by the car’s consistent volume and speed of data-logging. “The amount of logging they’re doing is excessive,” a Tesla repair professional has said.

So when does this happen? According to the expert quoted by Business Insider, don’t be surprised if you see issues on or after the four-year mark. One contributor to the Tesla Forum said they were awaiting an MCU replacement, under warranty, after just 26,000 miles and less than two years. 

Even Tesla boss Elon Musk seems confused. An expert, who has taken it upon himself to analyse some of these repairs, appealed to Musk on Twitter about the failing components. The CEO responded: “Should be much better at this point”. It sounds like his expectations for the longevity of the hardware were higher.

Is the problem as bad as it sounds?

Tesla dead after four years

The discourse around Tesla is rarely balanced, either evangelising or demonising the controversial marque. We’ve tried to stay as neutral as possible.

This doesn’t sound like an absolute car-ending issue. Indeed, the above expert has been carrying out repairs and fixing cars, which confirms as much. Tesla itself has also been carrying out this work. 

Does the issue compare more with something like engine detonation, or a service-interval item? In terms of expense, sadly, it’s more the former. We hear of low-to-mid four-figure replacement costs. Given ‘MCU’ is short for Media Control Unit, safe to say it’s a dashboard-out job to replace.

Tesla dead after four years

Then, we have to come back to software. If hardware replacements are expensive and difficult, is prevention just a software patch away? Could a recall, followed by an update, erase this issue out of existence? Tesla would have us believe anything can be fixed with an over-the-air update. We certainly hope so. It could prove to be the most important software patch the marque puts out.

Tesla replaced MCU1 with MCU2 in cars built in the latter half of 2018, with Intel replacing Nvidia hardware. It speeds up the response of the screen and allows features like Tesla Arcade, dashcam functionality and Sentry Mode. What isn’t clear is whether MCU2 has a similar memory writing issue.

Opinion: Tesla needs to take action

Electric cars most reliable

It’s easy to make the comparison with phones, but Teslas are much more expensive, and a longer lifetime is thus expected of them. They need to be repairable, even upgradable, and they need to last the course as a normal car would. 

Yes, it’s worrying that a car that can be allegedly fixed with software updates is going ‘dead’ after four-to-five years. And even Elon Musk seems a little lost for words (there’s a first time for everything). We wonder, however, whether this won’t be looked back on in 10 years as a teething problem, for a company that, we must remember, is still very new.

However, it’s also expensive, inconvenient and could be a real turn-off for buyers, plus a killer of used Tesla values. So Tesla needs to come clean, and mitigate costs for owners or retroactively extend warranties. Hopefully, there’s a software fix for those not yet affected. Short term, cars are ending up ‘dead’. Long term, if handled properly, this isn’t the death knell for Tesla. 

How much does it cost to charge a Tesla Model 3?

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is one of the most talked about cars in Britain. Our Tim Pitt said “it could be a game-changer for Tesla: the car that propels it into the mainstream“. But how much does it cost to charge?

You’d be forgiven for feeling slightly confused. Some Tesla owners don’t pay for using the Supercharger network, while others do. Cutting to the chase: you WILL have to pay to charge a Tesla Model 3.

Anyone who bought a Model S or Model X before 2 November 2018 enjoys free and unlimited access to the Supercharger network. Cars bought after this date are subject to an annual allowance of 400kWh before paying to use the network.

Then, in August 2019, Tesla reinstated the unlimited free Supercharging as part of the Model S and Model X sales package. It isn’t clear how long this will last, but it doesn’t apply to Model 3 owners. 

Model 3: cost of charging

How much you pay to charge your Tesla Model 3 depends on where you’re charging. The following guide is based on prices correct at the time of writing:

  • Tesla Supercharger: based on a price of 24p/kWh, a full charge in the Model 3 Standard Range Plus costs £12. This delivers a range of 254 miles.
  • Public charging network: using a Pod Point rapid charger should cost between £7.52 to £10.26 for a 20 to 80 percent charge. Other rapid chargers are available.
  • At home: based on a cost of 14p/kWh, it should cost £7 for a full charge when using a domestic supply.

Prices vary, while access to a rapid charger network could involve a registration fee and monthly charge.

Tesla Superchargers in Britain

There are currently nearly 15,000 Superchargers across the world, and that number is growing all the time. However, it’s worth noting that the Model 3 is the first Tesla to come with a CCS charging port, so you aren’t restricted solely to the company’s Supercharger network. 

Click here to read our Tesla Model 3 UK review.

Tesla Model 3 review: together in electric dreams

Tesla Model 3

Depending on who you believe – and everyone on Twitter takes sides – Tesla boss Elon Musk is either a visionary genius or a master of media manipulation. In truth, he’s probably both. Having made his fortune as CEO of PayPal, Musk’s wackier ventures include launching a Tesla Roadster into space and the Hyperloop high-speed tube train. He also hopes to establish a human colony on Mars.

Beyond the clickbait and controversy, however, Tesla is deadly serious about taking on the automotive establishment. In 2018, it was the world’s best-selling electric car brand. And last month, the new Model 3 overtook the Ford Focus to finish third in the UK sales chart. Not bad for a car that starts at £38,500, even if that makes it easily the cheapest Tesla yet.

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Arriving at Tesla’s service centre by the Dartford bridge, all three flavours of Model 3 are lined up to drive: Standard Plus, Long Range AWD and Performance. I pick the latter, obviously. While lowlier versions target the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, the £52,640 Performance is a wannabe sports saloon to rival the RS5 Sportback or forthcoming new M3. Its two motors and 75kWh battery pack serve up 450hp, plus 471lb ft of torque from standstill. With four-wheel-drive traction, that means 0-62mph in a Ferrari-baiting 3.4 seconds.

Tesla Model 3

Not that you’d know it. Larger 20-inch alloy wheels, lowered suspension and a subtle rear spoiler – in gorgeous unpainted carbon fibre – are the only clues to this Tesla’s extra oomph. Details such as the flush door handles and full-length glass roof look pleasingly premium, but its bar-of-soap styling borders on bland. Next to uber-aggressive European counterparts, maybe that’s part of the appeal.

The Model 3’s interior, though, is like nothing else. The usual dashboard dials and switches are replaced by a central touchscreen, which liberates more space and looks fabulously futuristic. Forward and reverse gears are selected via a column stalk and you can choose from Sport or Chill drive modes. In typical Tesla style, there are also arcade games to keep you occupied while parked, plus an ‘Emissions Testing Mode’ that makes a selection of six fart noises when you indicate. You don’t get that in an Audi.

What you do get is a hewn-from-granite feel, something Tesla can only aspire to. The Model 3’s cabin may be a study in less-is-more, but the same principle shouldn’t apply to trim quality. Also, while condensing most of the controls into one screen looks cool, it can complicate matters: switching between air-con and the radio, for example. On the plus side, there’s room enough for two six-footers in the back and a large boot, plus a useful front ‘frunk’.

Tesla Model 3

You forgive this car its faults the moment you floor the right pedal, too. Acceleration is so rapid it squelches your internal organs and scrambles your synapses. You go from zero to warp factor 10 almost instantly, and with a lack of noise that’s entirely alien. No wonder Elon Musk was drawn to space travel. The Tesla’s regenerative braking – which uses friction to slow the car and recharge its batteries – also feels odd at first, but you soon find yourself driving with just one pedal, especially around town.

On open roads, a hefty 1,847kg kerb weight means the Model 3 doesn’t have the dynamic acuity of the best sports saloons. The fun-factor isn’t quite there either; you feel slightly detached from the experience. It is well-suited to long journeys, however, with a 330-mile range on a full charge. It’s also the first Tesla with a CCS charging port, so you aren’t restricted solely to the company’s Supercharger network.

The Model 3 isn’t perfect, but I suspect it will fit into many lives very well. This really could be a game-changer for Tesla: the car that propels it into the mainstream. Let’s hope so – that mission to Mars won’t come cheap.

Price: £52,640

0-62mph: 3.4 secs

Top speed: 162mph

CO2 G/KM: 0

MPG combined: N/A

This review was originally published in City A.M.

In pictures: Tesla Model 3

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Tesla launches in-car karaoke with Version 10 update

Tesla Version 10

Tesla has released what it calls its ‘biggest software update ever’. Software Version 10 includes in-car karaoke, extra security and additional self-driving ability.

The primary focus is in-car entertainment, but there are more practical features as well. Here’s what to expect.

Tesla Theater

Front and centre of the V10 release is Tesla Theater (sic). This adds the ability to load your Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Live TV accounts for TV- and movie-watching while you’re parked up.

Equivalents are also available for Tesla owners in the Chinese market. And more global streaming and entertainment services will join the line-up before long.

Tesla Version 10

Spotify

Finally, Spotify is available in a Tesla. By the marque’s own admission, it’s one of the most-requested features by owners.

It joins Slacker Radio and TuneIn. Expect more of the same to be added in due course. Again, Chinese equivalents will also be offered.

‘Car-aoke’

While we’re on the subject of music, it wouldn’t be Tesla without a bit of silliness.

The karaoke feature is new. It’s a library of music and lyrics, with multi-lingual support, so you can have a good old sing-along on a road trip.

Tesla Version 10

Tesla Arcade

Tesla’s Arcade function is nothing new, but there is a new run-and-gun action game ready to play, called Cuphead. Time for some of the more grown-up stuff, we reckon… 

Dashcam and Sentry Mode updates 

Small changes make a big difference. New for Version 10 come changes to how ‘security’ footage is stored.

The car will now make a special folder on your USB drive for footage from Sentry and Dashcam modes. Old footage is deleted automatically to make space.

Tesla Version 10

Smart Summon

Probably the most sensible addition is Smart Summon. Those who have the full self-driving capability (Tesla’s words, not ours), or the enhanced Autopilot, can ask their car to come to them if it’s within sight. Useful if you don’t want to run out in the rain to get to your car, or if you have lots of shopping.

The caveat is that you, the owner, remain responsible for what the car is doing. You must ‘monitor it and its surroundings at all times,’ which could make things interesting if Smart Summon accidentally scrapes another car. A theoretically useful feature, nonetheless.

Tesla Version 10

‘I’m feeling Hungry’

The new ‘I’m Feeling Hungry’ navigation feature will take you to a chosen restaurant within your car’s battery range. ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ is similar, only the place it leads you to is a surprise. 

“In testing, we’ve been taken to hole-in-the-wall restaurants, gourmet meals, national parks, city landmarks and more,” said a Tesla spokesperson.

The above join overall improvements to the navigation system, including organisation of results by distance. Points of Interest (POIs) now feature additional information, such as reviews and contact details.

Consumer group wants these cars fixed for FREE

Nissan Qashqai slammed in reliability studyNissan Qashqai slammed in reliability study

Five cars have been slammed in a new reliability survey, including the Nissan Qashqai, Britain’s most popular crossover.

The Qashqai has the highest breakdown rating of the 276 cars in study by consumer group Which?. It also singled out the Tesla Model S, Seat Alhambra, Ford B-Max and BMW 5 Series Touring for criticism.

Worryingly, motorists are four to five times as likely to experience a flat battery in a Qashqai than in any other car. Twenty percent of Qashqai owners who took part in the survey had to replace a battery in the past 12 months.

Nissan said it changed its battery supplier in 2018, but a separate software issue could result in drained batteries. The company is contacting 35,000 owners, but older cars are not covered by Nissan’s three-year warranty.

This has angered Which?, which wants the cars fixed at no charge to the customer. 

‘Take action and recall these cars’

Tesla Model S - greatest cars of the decade

Which? Car editor Lisa Barber said: “Thanks to our in-depth reliability survey, we know these faults are happening. They may not be safety critical, but we still want the manufacturers to take action and recall these cars.

“This will mean information about the faults are public, owners won’t be inconvenienced by them, nor will they have to foot the bill if the issue occurs outside of warranty.”

The Nissan Qashqai isn’t alone. Two-thirds (67 percent) of Tesla Model S reported an issue, making Tesla the company with the highest percentage of faulty cars.

Tesla owners are forced to wait an average of five days for their car to be repaired – three days longer than the average wait time for cars of a similar age.

The biggest issues with the Tesla Model S: the exterior door handles, locks, fuel cap and boot.

Seat Alhambra Xcellence

Meanwhile, the Seat Alhambra is blighted by suspension and exhaust problems, the Ford B-Max (2012-2017) is affected by transmission woes, and owners of the BMW 5 Series Touring (2010-2017) have experienced suspension issues.

For the survey, Which? gathered information from nearly 44,000 owners about 52,500 cars. Members can use an online tool revealing the most and least reliable cars.

New Tesla car insurance monitors drivers to assess risk

Tesla now does insurance

Electric car manufacturer Tesla has revealed details of an insurance scheme that Elon Musk mooted a few months ago. It hopes to provide a ‘competitively priced insurance offering’.

Tesla owners could apparently save up to 20 percent, with the potential for some to save 30 percent.

So how can Tesla undercut an established market of insurance companies? It wouldn’t be Tesla if it wasn’t down to something a little bit innovative…

Data makes for cheap insurance

Tesla now does car insurance

Musk explained that the information always-online Teslas deliver about how they are driven, including speed and driving style, can be used to accurately assess risk.

This means Tesla owners could have a price quoted relative to how much of a risk they really are.

The proviso is that the data-gathering stops at details like location and camera footage.

Tesla now does car insurance

“We essentially have an information arbitrage opportunity where we have direct knowledge of the risk profile of customers,” said Elon Musk in April, explaining the concept.

“If they want to buy Tesla insurance, they would have to agree to not drive the car in a crazy way. Or they can, but then their insurance rates are higher.”

At launch it’s only available in California, although other American states are being considered. The eventual possibility is a worldwide in-house insurance network via Tesla.

Tesla or Big Brother?

Tesla's Model 3 is the most popular electric car to lease in the UK

The question, especially for car enthusiasts, is whether the benefit of the lower price outweighs the looming surveillance, particularly when you fancy going for a brisk drive.

Do you risk taking a road-trip to Wales, only to return with increased premiums? We’ll be intrigued to see how this pans out.

What is ICEing and why does it annoy electric car owners?

ICEing explained

An electric car charging company is introducing CCTV cameras to stop people from ICEing. But what exactly is ICEing?

You might not be familiar with the problem, so here’s a brief guide to bring you up to speed.

Putting the ICE in ICEing

Electric vehicle recharging point warning sign

Firstly, let’s explain ICE. This is a common acronym in the car world. It’s used to refer both to internal combustion engines and in-car entertainment. In the context of ICEing, it’s the former.

The act of ICEing is to park in a space intended for electric cars, without making use of, or having any need for, the charger. In other words, a car with an internal combustion engine using a parking space reserved for electric cars. 

It is a hugely frustrating obstacle for electric vehicle (EV) owners looking to pick up some power. As evidenced by the fact that relatively pricey measures are being taken to prevent it, such as CCTV cameras.

ICEing is actually a phenomenon that EV owners have been reporting on social media for years now. Reporetedly, some rather determined internal combustion advocates actually do it deliberately, to inconvenience drivers of electric cars.

The war on Tesla

ICEing explained

The term was first coined in America when repeated instances of large pick-up truck owners parking in Tesla supercharging spots were reported.

There were reports of Tesla owners being harassed by and getting abuse from truck drivers. Some even parked their trucks then mockingly clamped the chargers to the load bed.

ICEing: not a cover-all term

ICEing explained

What’s interesting is the detail behind the measures charging company Alfa Power is taking to prevent it. ICEing specifically refers to petrol or diesel-powered cars taking electric car charging spots.

However, at Alfa Power, charging points now guarded by CCTV: anyone who parks and doesn’t charge can expect to get a fine. Yes, even if they’re in an electric car. Are you ICEing if your car is also electric? 

The moral of the story is, don’t park in electric car charging bays unless you have the capacity – and the intention – to plug in yourself. EV owners need it more than you do.

What can be done about ICEing?

EV parking enforcement

Alfa Power’s CCTV cameras are one answer to the problem of ICEing. In other countries, electric car charging point operators have devised other solutions.

In China, Tesla charging points have started getting locks. These are barriers in the space that Tesla owners can drop via an app, to ‘unlock’ the space.

They’re not huge, though, so the kinds of lifted pick-ups we mentioned above might not be too troubled by them. Perhaps if a similar system is to make its way to America, larger ‘locks’ should be used.

Meanwhile, some Tesla owners in the U.S. have tested how good their cars are at towing, by dragging ICEers out of the space, but we wouldn’t recommend that…