It appears resentment towards electric cars, or Teslas in general, is on the upswing. The trend, called ICE-ing, a reference to another vehicle internal-combustion engine, has seen flocks of pickup truck drivers blocking Tesla vehicles from charging at designated Supercharging stations spots.
However, one Tesla Model X owner decided to show off the capability of the Model X and towed a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 from in front of a Supercharger station. We have to note, the Tesla driver used a relative’s Silverado for this video and did not simply tow a random person’s pickup. We do not condone tampering with anyone else’s property.
The video is instead meant to show Teslas are capable and not wimpy electric cars as some choose to believe. Tesla makes some of the quickest cars on the planet, after all.
But, the real story is who or what is behind the recent uptick in ICE-ing incidents. Green Car Reports tracked the incidents via a Tesla subreddit on the social media platform Reddit, where many Tesla owners have complained of these incidents becoming far more common.
Pickup truck drivers and even semis have deliberately blocked Supercharging stations, and in one case, the truck owners screamed profanity at Tesla drivers attempting to pull into a designated charging bay. Most incidents have occurred in North Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee.
Many cities have already passed laws that make it illegal for vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines to park in spots designated for electric cars. Most of the time, however, drivers simply don’t realize the purpose of some designated parking spots for electric vehicles.
Yet, that isn’t the case with these incidents. And more often than not, Supercharging stations are not placed in prime parking spots—usually they reside further away from a building and aren’t exactly the most convenient places for those running into a convenience store or other retailer.