The encounter between a Rivian driver and uninformed Tesla owner highlights ‘a need for better education and communication within the EV community,’ the Rivian driver says.

  • mox
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    1103 months ago

    There’s no question that Tesla’s signage and policies should have been made more clear, but the main problem I see here is neither of those things.

    The problem here is the aggressive and hostile Tesla owner, who chose to pick a fight and call the cops rather than communicating, or even just minding his own business.

    • @mibo80@lemm.ee
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      693 months ago

      This is really just stereotypical Tesla driver behavior. They are far and above the most entitled drivers in the SF Bay Area.

      • @unconfirmedsourcesDOTgov
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        This is really just stereotypical Tesla driver behavior. They are far and above the most entitled drivers.

        FTFY

  • @spujb@lemmy.cafe
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    643 months ago

    genuine question: why call the police anyway? say the tesla driver was right and there was no compatibility. what were they thinking the rivian driver is gonna do? worst case scenario is they are gonna realize their mistake and… leave?

    like how is this different from me seeing someone accidentally filling a minivan with diesel and calling the fucken cops about it? i feel there is something more malicious going on here than “a need for education” unless i am missing something.

      • @spujb@lemmy.cafe
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        63 months ago

        reading these comments i didn’t realize there was a whole subculture around teslas and how pervasive and trending toward toxic it was. wild.

        thank ya!

        • @sandman@lemmy.ca
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          103 months ago

          It’s a cult. As with most capitalist cults, you’re only accepted if you spend money how they want you to.

    • @WoahWoah@lemmy.world
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      I think they were just angry because the Rivian isn’t designed for Supercharging and so was parked sideways across two parking spots.

      • @DreadPotato@sopuli.xyz
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        73 months ago

        It was actually quite well planned out, opening up the network in stages to see that everything worked as intended before a wide rollout. You can even see in the app which chargers are open to other car brands. This mistake is 100% on the driver, the info is easily available to that person.

    • Bilb!
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      13 months ago

      I think the sign in the photo still makes sense if you interpret it as “Don’t park here unless you’re using the Tesla charging station.”

  • El Barto
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    ‘a need for better education and communication within the EV community’

    That Rivian driver is being way too nice about the situation.

    Imagine someone calling the police on you because you bought pepsi instead of coke. It’s not about education and communication. It’s about a fucking asshole doing asshole shit. You can’t reason with people like that. You tell them to fuck off.

    Edit: hm, he was taking two spots. Not exactly his fault, but I can understand 0.00001% more the Tesla driver. Still an asshole, though.

    Edit 2: If I was in a charging station that said “For Ford vehicles only” and I saw a BMW coming in and using it, I’d be more like “How is that possible? Huh. Interesting!” Then I’d mind my fucking business.

    • @ripcord@lemmy.world
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      The Tesla owner was complaining that he (incorrectly) thought Rivian wasn’t allowed to charge there, not because he was upset someone bought a Rivian at all.

      Also, from the article - am I reading this right? The guy just assumed that the other dude actually called the cops? After he left? There’s no evidence he did?

      • El Barto
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        Yeah, I know that. But why get mad at that, though? Like, if I am in a restaurant that said “For Android users only” and I see an iPhone user being served, why the fuck would I care? I’d be puzzled and intrigued. Not enraged.

        • @ripcord@lemmy.world
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          13 months ago

          I think it’s more like - you’re looking to charge your phone at an airport. You’re a Samsung user and you bought a contract to be able to use special Samsung-provided kiosks, which used to be an exclusive feature for you.

          As you look for a charger, you see a dude with an iPhone sitting across 2 of the charge stations. (Maybe there’s only a couple other stations free. Idk from the article). You don’t realize that Samsung recently opened the chargers to iPhone users.

          You’re also irritated because it’s been common for people to be assholes and doing things like leaving their phones plugged in and hanging out for hours. Way linger than they need. Or people sitting at the chargers who are just waiting for their planes and not charging at all. So youre sensitive to people you perceived as being assholes and making it harder for Samsung users to use the service they paid for.

          Tesla dude was clearly overreacting, in the wrong, and being a douche. At least, based on this one-sided ragebait article.

          But I was mostly replying to your Coke vs Pepsi article, where you were making it sound like the Tesla guy was mad at the other dude simply for buying a Rivian.

  • BarqsHasBite
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    353 months ago

    Ultimately, the Rivian owner’s adapter didn’t work, so he decided to leave and head to a nearby EVGo charger. That’s when the Tesla driver confronted him. Trying to “steer the conversation towards a constructive dialogue only seemed to aggravate him further,” so the Rivian driver got in his car and left. “As I drove away, I saw him angrily talking on the phone, presumably to an unfortunate 9-1-1 operator.”

  • @some_guy
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    No surprise that the Tesla driver is an asshole. They drive like assholes, so this was known.

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    when a Model Y driver approached him, “demanding to know why I was there,”

    insisted that it was ILLEGAL for me to be there and that he was CALLING THE POLICE! I was taken aback by his extreme reaction," the Rivian driver writes.

    You insulted his pride. 🤣

  • Bezier
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    283 months ago

    They had signage saying tesla only, and the car was parked across two spots, so I can believe the owner looked like a massive dick without additional context.

    • @Darkassassin07@lemmy.ca
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      The charge ports on non-Teslas, meanwhile, are also in a different spot on the vehicle, meaning they may have to park parallel to a Supercharger, taking up two spots. That’s what happened here; “I had no choice but to park in a way that blocks two stalls,” according to the Rivian driver.

      • @Wrench@lemmy.world
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        213 months ago

        Yep. Tesla charging cords are stupidly short, and are designed to force tesla drivers to back into the space for charging, so when you have several tesla charging, the esthetics is better and looks like you’re in a dealership with all the cars uniformly facing out.

        I get that there are probably better power delivery perks to a short cord. But this is classic “form over function” design that reeks of Musk.

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          It is objectively safer to park like that (charging or not). Most parking lot accidents happens as someone leaves the parking spot. The risk of accidents when leaving the parking spot is significantly reduced compared to parking front first.

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            Why was that downvoted, it’s true.

            Backing out of a parking spot is comparatively dangerous, because you can’t see if anyone is approaching from the side.

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              Because the implication is, that Tesla isn’t doing something bad WRT how they designed the stalls? IDK, anything that’s not bashing Tesla directly seems to get down voted here, even if it’s not actually related specifically to Tesla.

      • Bezier
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        143 months ago

        Well yeah, that’s the additional context.

      • JohnEdwa
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        Specifically, they have to park on the next spot to the right of the charger they are using, as the port on a Rivian is on the left front corner and the Tesla cables are really short. This happens basically on any EV that has the port on anywhere else except the left rear corner, or the front right corner.
        Which is most of them, as it seems the standard spot to put it is in front of the drivers (left side) door.

    • Hanrahan
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      33 months ago

      Calling the police becase somones a dick ? If he double parked at CostCo woukd he have called the cops, or taken a pic and posted in /c/assholedrivers ?

      • Bezier
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        33 months ago

        If you’re reading this as me defending the tesla owner calling cops, I’d just like to point out that I’m not.

  • @dsemy@lemm.ee
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    233 months ago

    This is an article about a dumb argument between two random people, not to mention the title is misleading anyway (the Rivian driver only assumes cops were called). Why post it here?

    • @mPony@lemmy.world
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      83 months ago

      Why post it here

      “Everybody’s got to have somebody to look down on Who they can feel better than at any time they please”

      Kris Kristofferson

  • Altima NEO
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    173 months ago

    Wow, what a wack job. I wish I had that much free time to worry about petty bullshit.

    Like how could he come to the conclusion that it’s illegal for anything other than a Tesla to charge there? Tesla equipment is private property, owned by a private business. State law doesn’t give a fuck about that.

  • @Fixbeat@lemmy.ml
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    93 months ago

    Rivian driver is very diplomatic. I would have said tesla drivers are ignorant assholes.

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    I thought of this and was confused.

    Then I remembered a Rivian is electric too.

    Like a Tesla was racing a gas vehicle and didn’t like that its competition was blown.