Electric car driver hogs charger for 17 hours with other motorists left furious - 'Selfish!'

An electric car had been on charge for more than 17 hours

An electric car had been on charge for more than 17 hours

funasagran/ X
Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 04/10/2023

- 09:03

Updated: 04/10/2023

- 09:03

Charge rage is becoming more common with drivers being forced to wait to use an EV charger

An electric car driver has been branded “selfish” after hogging a charging station for a staggering 17 hours while other motorists wait to recharge.

So-called charge rage has become more popular in recent months as drivers attempt to make use of the UK’s charging infrastructure.

One frustrated driver took to social media to slam another motorist, accusing them of being “selfish”.

Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, a picture showed how one electric car had been on charge for a staggering 17 hours, 36 minutes and 19 seconds.

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The grandmother stated that people hogging chargers like this “causes charge rage”, which has become a common occurrence at charging stations.

In the caption, the driver, who goes by @funasagran on X, wrote: “We have two local charging points and there is one car that does this regularly.”

She also called the driver “selfish” and said the situation was “infuriating” for all drivers waiting to charge.

Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Moto, admitted that marshals had been introduced at service stations to deal with people who become frustrated at chargers.

He explained how there were issues with installing EV chargers because of a lack of connections available to the power grid.

The Moto boss continued, saying: “If we don't get that amount of power, guaranteed, then in coming years every Christmas, every Easter, every summer holiday and peak bank holidays, will be the equivalent of when we have a fuel crisis on petrol and diesel.”

On the slowest chargers, which are usually found at homes, it can take up to 12 hours for an EV to be fully charged.

Owners of electric cars usually use these chargers overnight when the car can “refuel” in a way that keeps costs down for the homeowner.

Using a standard 7kW charging point, it takes around eight hours to charge from empty to full for the average car.

The majority of public charging stations will be faster than 7kW, meaning there are very few instances where a car would need to be plugged in for 17 hours.

The fastest chargers can be as quick as 350kW, meaning a Porsche Taycan would take just over 22 minutes to charge from five to 80 per cent.

In August, there were 48,450 charging devices across more than 29,000 locations, although these are not spread equally across the UK.

Experts are estimating that around 300,000 electric car chargers will be needed by the end of the decade to cope with the number of EVs on the road.

Rishi Sunak recently announced a major policy change to delay the deadline to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030 to 2035.


An electric car charger

There are almost 50,000 electric car charging stations around the UK


It is not yet known whether targets for electric car chargers will change, although the Government has confirmed that the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate will go ahead.

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