Angry at electric cars? In Germany, graffiti can be seen on charging stations every now and then. But how does one come up with the idea of smearing minced meat on the stoppers and thereby seriously damaging a column? The Munich local newspaper AZ now reports on the incident.
According to the report, some strangers damaged a charging station on Marklandstrasse in Fasangarten, a southern suburb of Munich, with minced meat in such a way that the moist meat penetrated the contacts. That could have led to a short circuit, we suspect. In any case, a quick repair was not possible.
Damaged or even destroyed charging stations are not uncommon in Munich. In 15 percent of the cases they can be traced back to vandalism. Overall, the “failure rate” of the pillars in Munich is less than three percent. In the national average, however, around every sixth column is incorrect, ie around 17 percent.
Many drivers of diesel or gasoline cars are annoyed by the political preference for electric cars. The high subsidies for e-cars are likely to be a thorn in the side of fossil fuel fans. After all, the government pays no less than 6,000 euros when buying an electric vehicle. In addition, there is the manufacturer’s share, so that the subsidy amounts to 9,750 euros.
The fact that electric cars are sometimes reported more frequently in the media as combustion models, and that electric cars generally have a better image, could also bother fans of the internal combustion engine. However, a web search in Germany shows little of this anger. We only found one article from 2019 in the “Neue Westfälische” (NW). It was a video that the astrophysicist Harald Lesch often shared on Facebook and in which he reported relatively objectively about the problems in extracting the battery raw material lithium:
However, according to the newspaper report, the video became the focus of hate for the electric car on social media:
“It is interesting how this development is discussed in the social networks. For weeks a bizarre protest movement has been developing, especially on Facebook, which combines significant scientific findings with a hysterical fear of loss. And the electric car has become a symbol for everyone angry.”
As a driver of a diesel or gasoline car, do you really have to worry about electric cars? We think it is not necessary. One might think that a scrapping bonus like the one in 2009 would be more appropriate to protect the environment. One can also believe that electric cars are not as environmentally friendly as is often claimed, but they do damage other people’s cars, as was seen in a recent video from the US, or destroy charging stations – in our opinion that’s way above the line out.