Sometimes, drivers will do anything to grab the most convenient parking spot. Traditionally, this has meant parking in the disabled or handicapped spots, but with the advent of electric vehicles, drivers can now also occupy charging stations too. Well, this is exactly what one Chevy Silverado driver did at a shopping mall in Alaska.
In photos posted to a Facebook Group suitably named Alaska’s Worst Drivers, a Silverado driver parked his full-size pickup truck in a spot clearly marked for EVs. Then, in order to pretend that the truck was meant to be there, the driver put the charging cord inside the engine bay. Pretty clever.
Regardless of the type of vehicle people may drive, most everyone knows that sticking a cable under the hood is not the way to fill up a vehicle, electric or otherwise. However, given that the charging cord probably wouldn’t have stuck inside fuel filler area, we suppose this driver did the best they could given the circumstances.
Technically speaking, the Silverado driver wouldn’t be fined for this infraction. There’s a $18 per-hour fee for vehicles parked in this spot and plugged in but not charging. However, the Silverado was never plugged in, which means the driver got away with free parking for the evening. The ruse is pretty clever, if not comical.
It’s worth noting that Alaska doesn’t have laws that prevent ICE-powered vehicles from parking in EV-designated spots. While many other states do have laws preventing this, this driver of this Silverado won’t face any consequences for blocking the charging area from an EV driver.