Hey, it beats flipping someone the bird.

Electric-vehicle charging-station maker Blink has come up with somewhat of a solution for electric vehicle (EV) drivers frustrated by gas-powered vehicles parking in spaces designated for EVs – also known as getting "ICE'D."

The company designed a "Blink Courtesy Notice" that EV drivers can print up and place on the windshield of the offending cars. The messages range from somewhat polite ("You are parked in a spot designated for electric vehicles only.") to, well, rude-slash-funny ("I don't park my EV at your gas pump, so don't park at my charger.").

The concept of EV-charging etiquette is becoming more important as electric-drive vehicle sales broaden. Earlier this month, Ford, which recently started selling its Focus Electric, was kind enough to create an etiquette ist, such as moving an EV after it's charged and not putting people at risk of tripping over a charging cord.

As far as how much paper such Blink notices might end of wasting? We won't get into that.


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      Derek
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's another way. It's called "Supply and Demand". If there's a shortage of something, such as available parking spots for electric vehicles, it's proof that the price is too low.
        Campisi86
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Derek
        How does charging EV drivers more to plug in prevent ICE drivers from using parking spots that they don't pay anything to use (since they're not using the charging system)?
      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      You could always find a way to hit the car with a high voltage charge to fry it. Then they might think twice about parking in an electric vehicle spot. The urban rumors will start to spread that gas powered cars that park in spots for electric cars get zapped.
      Alfred Bundy
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL! Have NEVER seen one of these eco freak stations or parking areas. Must be a southern/western thing for now. If you want to drive an electric golf cart, thinking you are helping the world and saving money, (hint: You are NOT), then put up with it because no one probably even notices these spots. These cars are almost as funny as those so called smart cars. What a POS those are! Now excuse me while I drive by spewing smoke from my AMERICAN MUSCLE V8 laughing at all the brainwashed, al gore, loser, eco green freaks and weirdo's! LOL!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfred Bundy
        First off, you are an *******. It is illegal in California to park at a charging station if you are not an electric car. More states will pass this legislation as soon as more inbred jack offs like you finally get their heads out of their asses and realize that not only are we NOT paying for gas but we got MONEY from the government to do it! Boo-YAH!!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfred Bundy
        Wow, you really seem to be enjoying being ignorant. FYI, I drive a zero emission electric car. After all the tax credits ($7,500 federal, $5,000 state - and I bet tax credits are something you are all in favor of), I pay $125/month. I never buy gas or oil of any kind. The only maintenance my car requires is tire rotations and a battery check once a year. My power company gives me a special EV rate that cuts the cost of heating and cooling my entire home. So please explain how am I neither helping the world nor saving money? By the way, whatever you're driving, I bet it's a POS compared to a Tesla Model S. Have fun at the pump.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would you put a piece of paper on a vehicle telling them you cannot get home because of them.... They are just going to laugh their butts off at your pathetic stance and tell you that you should of bought an ICE vehicle and not a golf cart with range anxiety.. You in essence are handing them the punchline of the joke on YOU.
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      It happen to me. I was to park at a nice empty spot in a shopping mall then i saw it was for hybrid only, lol. I then move away and find some other spot farther away. There is almost 50 parking spots reserved for old people and disable and then now hybrid and they didn't installed any chargers yet. If you want to park your car in these nearest spots then you can make yourself some disable sticker, you can buy a hybrid sign and put it on your gasser and finnally you can fit a electric fake plug and plug your gasser. New law lead to new tricks to overcome them unfortunatelly.
      i'll take 2
      • 2 Years Ago
      What we need is positive encouragment... what about posting "NICE Parking" signs... ya know, "No Internal Combustion Engine Parking".
      floorman56
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like to see how many people MOVE there EV after it has finished charging. I see post in other boards saying some EV owners just leave there cars there after charging. And some dont hook up at all.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @floorman56
        If you don't need to charge, you should not park there. The space is for charging. Its not there to provide a benefit for EV owners who just want to park. I agree, when the EV is finished charging, it should be moved so that the next EV can charge too. You don't see gas cars parking at the pumps for hours on end.
      Tysto
      • 2 Years Ago
      These are awfully whiney. Just something that says "please don't park in spots reserved for plug-in vehicles" is enough. "You're preventing me from getting home" is a pretty lame claim.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that there are more EVs people are actually using the charging stations so I see this as a sign that times are changing. Charge on my friends! Charge on!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a buddy with a Leaf. Last Saturday night, the spaces with chargers in the downtown parking garage were taken by electric cars, but they weren't plugged in. That's pretty frustrating too.
        karlInSanDiego
        • 2 Years Ago
        That's like driving your grandma's car to take her out to dinner (because it's easy for her to get in). Get to restaurant, drop her at the door, and then use her handicapped licensce/placard to take up the handicapped spot. I've been in that situation many times, and it's not hard to decide the right thing to do after you've given it a moment of though. I imagine this situation you're describing is all about parking scarcity, which is a whole different problem.
      RoyEMunson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont think these notes will be very effective, the people that park in those spots know exactly what they are doing. Money talks, so fine em, heavily.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      I need to make stickers that say "Its your fault for being do stupid for buying one of them things in the first place. You should have though about how you would get home if you could not charge in the first place."
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