Truck owners will probably just laugh. Again.
If you're the owner of a Tesla then there's a decent chance you've encountered a situation known as ICE-ing. ICE, of course, stands for internal combustion engine and the practice involves intentionally parking a combustion-engined vehicle in front of Tesla Supercharger. A Tesla Model 3 owner, for example, will thus be blocked from giving his car some much-needed juice. ICE-ing began gathering steam nearly two years ago and truck owners were typically the biggest culprits. In some instances, the chargers were damaged by breaking connecting cables.
Tesla responded by deploying locking devices in parking spots that require QR codes linked to an app for owners to unlock when needed.
Unfortunately, this has not been deployed nationwide and some combustion-engined vehicle owners continue to provoke. Case in point: the owner of this jacked-up Ram 1500. The above image was shared on Twitter by TheTeslaLife and it shows a charging cable "connected" to the truck's tailpipe. The owner managed to push nearly the entire cable inside the dirty pipe. Perhaps what's most controversial is what's written on the tailgate: "I Identify As A Prius."
The owner is obviously referring to the Toyota Prius, a hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicle that utilizes a combustion engine. Clearly he didn't do his homework and the joke is somewhat on him; no Toyota model is compatible with Tesla Superchargers. Only Teslas are. He really ought to consider changing the wording before his next so-called parking job.
The Twitter post didn't specifically indicate where this photo was taken although the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association (OEVA) tagged it in its own tweet. Hopefully, this incident will be laughed off by everyone. There's no need for tempers to flare over something so insignificant. This truck owner should be made aware (if not already) that all three Detroit automakers will soon launch all-electric full-size pickup trucks.
The Ford F-150 EV is due next year and GM and Ram aren't too far behind. Maybe in just a few years' time, this guy will find joy in a new truck with instant torque at all four wheels and extraordinary towing, off-roading, and acceleration capabilities. Elon Musk might even sell him a Cybertruck.