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There’s a Facebook Group That Shames People Who Park Gas-Powered Vehicles in Electric-Vehicle Spots

There’s a Facebook group dedicated to shaming drivers who park gasoline-powered vehicles in electric-vehicle (EV) parking spaces. The group, called ICEHoles ("ICE" is short for "internal combustion engine") is solely dedicated to photographing gas-powered vehicles in EV spots, usually because they’re blocking chargers. See the electric vehicles for sale near you

Here’s how a typical ICEHole post goes: A member of the group has pulled up to a charging station at their local gym, supermarket or wherever, and the spot is occupied by a 2004 Toyota Camry — someone who has clearly either ignored the sign stating "EV Only" or simply decided that it isn’t important. So the EV driver takes a picture and posts it on this group, and everyone complains about how stupid the person driving the non-EV vehicle is.

Personally, I think this Facebook group is awesome. It’s almost amazing to see exactly how little people care about following parking rules when it comes to electric vehicles. Seriously, there are hundreds of images of blocked EV chargers from all over the world, courtesy of all types of vehicles — from regular sedans and crossovers to behemoth SUVs. Many times, they’ve parked right in front of a sign that says "ELECTRIC VEHICLES ONLY," apparently without a care in the world.

What’s more interesting, however, is how many people driving hybrid vehicles without a plug try to get away with parking in EV spots. Many of the pictures document standard hybrid vehicles — Ford Fusion Hybrid, Kia Optima Hybrid, Toyota Prius, etc. — sitting in front of EV chargers, hoping nobody will notice they actually burn gasoline.

Of course, the goal of the ICEHole page is to get people to stop parking gas-powered vehicles in plug-in spaces — but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. Instead, we can all shame them together. Find an electric vehicle for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Wish there was such a group near me.  I’d gladly park my 4000lb sedan so they can see it.

    Btw:  My beast manages 30mpg combined.  Typically 3-4 people in it at any given time is around 100mpg per person.  Beats the heck out of a single person in a Prius.
  2. Forgive me for sounding dumb, but the whole thing sounds just a touch elitist. The average price of an electric is around 20-30000 dollars, aka way too much for a person who can barely afford a used excel. This comes across to me as electric owners complaining about poor people sitting in their throne. It doesn’t help at all that the example image is of a fisker karma, $80k+, and a Tesla model s, also 80k+.

  3. There is a big electronics store based here in Minnesota that has signs that say “Fuel Efficient Vehicles Only” I park my 75 Cadillac coupe with an 8.2 L V8 motor. Why? Because it gets amazing mileage compared to an older caddy. 13-15 mpg. The description is just too broad. Fuel efficient compared to what? a Bradley Tank? FTR, these are not EV parking spaces. 

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