If there’s one thing that will make a greenie see red, it’s pulling up to a public charging stall only to find that it’s been ICEd out by a gas-burning vehicle (which always seems to be a giant truck or SUV with bellicose bumper stickers).
In 2019, Tesla began testing anti-ICEing devices that pop up from the ground to block unauthorized use at some Supercharging stations in China. The system didn’t sound very convenient, however—Tesla drivers had to use a QR code and a third-party app to operate the floor-mounted locking devices.
Now Tesla is expanding and upgrading the system. Chinese Tesla drivers can now unlock the devices directly from the Tesla app, and it appears that the gadgets are being installed at all new Superchargers in China. Electrek reports that the de-ICEers have appeared at new Supercharger sites in Xiamen, Tianjin and Urumqi.
There’s no word of any plans to expand the system to other markets. In the event that someone at Tesla is reading this: Please bring these ingenious devices to the US!
Tesla China Software Update:
Tesla App 4.3 update
Use Tesla App to unlock floor lock at Tesla Supercharger.
— 42HOW (@42how_) November 18, 2021