EV Charger Vandalism Spikes Across the Nation

Electric Car Charger Vandalism Continues To Surge Nationwide


Recent incidents of vandalism targeting electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the United States have raised concerns as hundreds of Level 2 (L2) and DC fast charging (DCFC) stalls have been affected. Vandals are motivated by profit, targeting the copper material used in cable wiring at these stations to sell to recyclers for a quick buck.

Why does it matter?

The surge in EV charger vandalism not only results in financial losses for charging operators but also inconveniences EV drivers who rely on these stations. The damage caused disrupts charging services in cities like Houston, TX, and the Bay Area, leading to delays and frustrations for drivers trying to charge their vehicles. The cost of repairs and security measures to prevent further vandalism adds up significantly, impacting taxpayers and charging operators alike.

How is it going to shape the future?

Cities and charging operators are responding to the vandalism surge by implementing security measures such as installing custom cabinets and increasing surveillance at charging stations. Measures like improved lighting and strategic placement of chargers along major traffic arteries are being considered to deter future incidents. As the EV industry continues to grow, protecting charging infrastructure from vandalism will become increasingly crucial to ensure smooth operations and convenience for EV drivers.

Source: https://insideevs.com/news/719834/tesla-supercharger-copper-cables-vandalized/