Submitted by skydivegirl on Wed, 2019-10-02 11:13
I took a trip to WV this past weekend. My Tesla was amazing and charging for the trip was never an issue, exept... for the ICEing situation I experineced at not one but two Tesla Supercharger stations in WV. The first one was in Mt Hope, WV at a Sheetz supercharging station. When I pulled in only 1 of 8 stalls was free and I was the only electric vehicle there. Sheetz is nice enough to put on the sign that the superharger spots are open for general parking for 15 minutes but people in the spots far longer than 15 minutes. I was there for a good 40 minutes and there were several vehicles that were there before I pulled in and were still there when I left. There were multiple parking spots way closer than the tesla spots. There were even three to four spots adjacent to the sidewalk and doors leading into the Sheetz that were open. There was an awesome pickup truck driver that was kind enough to park across two spots at once and several more who were happy to glare at me as I charged my car. I will say that it seemed like at least some of the looks were because they had probably never seen someone charging a tesla before but several showed clear animosity.
The second charging station was at at Sheetz in Morgantown WV. Again I was the only EV and other stalls were filled with ICE vehicles when there were plenty of regular spaces open even cloesr to the store. I will ashamedly admit that I ended up in a verbal altercation with one particularly rude patron who specifically parked next to me. He first looked at the spots closer than looked at me charging my car, gave me a dirty look and rolled his eyes and then parked in the tesla spot. I called him out on it and it was obvious he was goading me. I maybe cussed him out and ended up leaving without finishing charging because I needed to get out of there before I did something that I would regret. I finished charging once I reached Maryland where people IDK - actually LIKE the planet and are happy to have EV charging stations.
I've traveled up and down the east coast and over most of the mid atlantic and I've never experienced anything like the open hostility that I felt charging in WV. Has anyone else had this experience?