Tesla network Supercharger terminals are regularly vandalized in the United States. In several American states, the same scenes are taking place: owners of electric cars cannot charge their vehicle because the cable is cut. In some places, damage is daily and very well organized. This raises a question: why?
In the United States, a strange phenomenon regularly takes place: the vandalism of Tesla Supercharger terminals. This certainly does not concern only the American network. However, the most recent examples come to us from across the Atlantic. On Tesla’s Reddit thread, a message was recently posted explaining that someone has cut the charging cable of several charging stations in a park located in Cincinnati.
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This degradation was carried out on all terminals of the park, except four. Why ? Because they are the only ones visible from the security camera, period. The author of the message explains that he had the opportunity to discuss with a Tesla technician. The latter admitted to him that the terminals are very regularly vandalized. The previous time only dated… from the day before ! The photo that accompanies this article precisely accompanied this message.
No one knows why Supercharger terminals are vandalized
And this is not the only example. In Los Angeles, on the same Reddit thread, another user posted a video showing all the Supercharger terminals in an underground parking lot. All cables are also cut there. No terminal is spared. But the modus operandi is slightly different. In Cincinnati, the cables were cut short. And this is not the case in Los Angeles, implying that it could be two different groups. With, perhaps, two different objectives.
And precisely, all the messages evoke the motivations of these acts of vandalism: they are unknown. No claims. No message. There are several possible hypotheses. Is this a method to recover charging interfaces for alternative use (charging a Tesla faster)? Is this a protest against Tesla, against the whimsical Elon Musk, whose Twitter takeover is on hold, or against the development of the electric car? Several hypotheses are mentioned. No arrests have yet been announced.