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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:31 AM
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Plug-in preferential parking

I understand the need for preferential parking for the handicap, elderly, and expecting moms, but to line up the very best 20 or so parking spots at Dulles airport for plug-in electric cars baffles me. Especially when the spots are loaded up with the ~$100k Telsa Model S and Govít Motors Volt. Out of the 10 cars parked there this morning, only 2 were plugged in taking juice. The remaining 8 cars didnít need a charge yet they used the preferential plug-in spaces. There should be a fine for this. And why is the Volt even allowed to park at electric only spaces given they have a 1.4L gas motor to get home?
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:01 AM
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I routinely park my 300Tdi 110 in the "Fuel Efficient Parking Spot" at Best Buy and others who reserve spaces for fuel efficient vehicles. I feel that 26mpg qualifies as fuel efficient.

Furthermore, my 110 has been recycled/rebuilt enough times that it is probably 10x more "green" than a Prius.

Don't get me started on the hypocracy of "green" cars. I once tried explaining to some Prius-driving, hipster douchbag that the factors of production that make up a Prius are anything but green, while rebuilding a vintage Mercedes deisel to run on SVO would actually be green and if he were so invested in being green and really wanted to make a sacrifice for the environment he should have gone vintage diesel converted to SVO. ......you'd think I told him that Obama was a member of Al-Queada. Lemmings!
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:05 AM
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Park in the spot, plug in a block heater, problem solved.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:27 AM
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Park in the spot, plug in a block heater, problem solved.

I would do that. Maybe even run the Webasto to make them think something is actually going on....
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Old November 28th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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Park in the spot, plug in a block heater, problem solved.
Haha that's great
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:16 AM
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Love that idea!
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:23 AM
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In California if the cars aren't plugged in, they're supposed to be ticketed and/or towed much like people who park in handicapped spots without a placard or handicapped plate. Those type of preferred spots are for charging vehicles only. I saw an electric car owner blow a gasket in a court house parking structure a few weeks back. He parked in one of the "for charging only" parking stalls but apparently didn't need to plug in, so he just left his car there and went about his business. When he came out they were putting his car on a flatbed, then the officer handed him a ticket. From what I understand it's a fairly hefty fine.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:30 AM
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I understand the need for preferential parking for the handicap, elderly, and expecting moms, but to line up the very best 20 or so parking spots at Dulles airport for plug-in electric cars baffles me. Especially when the spots are loaded up with the ~$100k Telsa Model S and Govít Motors Volt. Out of the 10 cars parked there this morning, only 2 were plugged in taking juice. The remaining 8 cars didnít need a charge yet they used the preferential plug-in spaces. There should be a fine for this. And why is the Volt even allowed to park at electric only spaces given they have a 1.4L gas motor to get home?
Welcome to the "New Normal". No doubt, more head-scratching surprises are in store.
Just make peace with it the best you can.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:38 AM
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And I suppose the tax payers are footing the bill for the electricity?
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Old November 28th, 2012, 11:50 AM
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Does anyone else just feel like cutting down an old extension cord and just have it "look" like its charging up?
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Old November 28th, 2012, 12:37 PM
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Hmm...maybe I'll stick the ARB in my diesel Jetta's truck and plug it in?
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