In recent weeks, Tesla’s Supercharger stations in the United States have repeatedly cut charging cables, and it is unclear why. Many live pictures appeared on social platforms one after another, arousing the attention of netizens. For example, at a supercharging station in Cincinnati, a “whole row” of charging cables on a charging pile was cut, leaving only a few centimeters left on the charging pile.
For example, take a look at the charging station below. It seems normal at first glance, but have you noticed that each charging station seems to be missing something?
That’s right, you won’t find a handle for charging because the entire cable is cut at the base.
According to the Tesla technician responsible for replacing the damaged cable, there were two instances of the cable sabotage there in a matter of days. Because the damaged charging station was just out of sight of the surveillance cameras, it was impossible to find out who did it and why.
The recent news of Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has caused dissatisfaction among many Tesla investors, believing that Musk, the CEO, is always doing his job and focusing on other places. So it is not ruled out that some people are dissatisfied with Musk and take their anger on Tesla’s charging piles. But given that the vandals were left with only a short charging cable, it has been speculated that it was likely to steal the copper from the cables and sell them for scrap. This appears to be one possible explanation for the vandalism of electric vehicle charging stations.
But a vandalism at another Supercharger station in a building’s parking lot in Los Angeles suggests there may be other factors.
Images on social platform Reddit showed cables cut to many of the Supercharger stations in the indoor parking lot, similar to the one in Cincinnati above. However, each damaged charging station in Los Angeles still has a long cable left. Obviously, if the spoiler’s goal is to get as much copper as possible, it’s a bit “wasted” to do so.
The reasons behind the vandalism at Supercharger stations are unclear, but the incidents have undoubtedly caused trouble for Tesla owners across the United States. Hopefully, Tesla will act soon to combat the vandalism, at least before the company opens up its network of Supercharger stations to other brands of electric vehicles.