An electric car owner has inadvertently sparked a debate online after a Facebook user shared a snap of their car parked on the pavement while charging.
A bloke out and about in Cardiff took a photo of the BMW and shared it online, writing: "Genuinely staggered to come across this on a walk with the baby.
"Since the 1900s we’ve given so much space over to petrol cars.
"We can’t allow the small pockets left for people to be given over to electric cars."
And the post quickly divided opinion with some calling out the motorist for choosing to park on the side and others defending them, Wales Online reports.
One person wrote: “You don't get to block the pavement with your private property, go and charge it somewhere else."
While someone else said: "Crazy. If you can afford that car, you can afford a longer cable. (And a guard to protect pedestrians walking over it.)"
A third person commented: "This just won't do. It's obstructing the footway with a vehicle – its mode of propulsion does not change that.”
However, others pointed out that there was room to walk around the car without stepping onto the road.
Defending the motorist, one person said: "How about you finding an issue where there isn’t one? Plenty of room to get past, they’re just trying to create the safest situation they can.
"Would you prefer a long cable draped across to the road? Because that’s their other choice here. Find something real to get annoyed about."
And someone else added: "I get it's annoying, but that is a pretty wide pavement.
"I notice the car deliberately parked very close to wall to give max space on other side and to avoid a trip hazard cable."
While another Facebook user blamed authorities for not providing adequate charging options for electric car owners.
She wrote: "Electric cars are growing quickly in popularity in the UK but the infrastructure to charge the cars is extremely lacking and a lot of local authorities are just not keeping up."
Last month, customers at London's Westfield Shopping Centre were left stuck in the carpark for three hours after a Tesla’s battery ran out.
A shopper named Henry took to Reddit to let out his frustrations, sharing photos from the gridlocked carpark, he wrote: "Perfect, a Tesla ran out of battery and stopped at the ramp of a 5 storey car park at Westfield.
"It has been three hours and counting."
A spokesperson for Westfield told MyLondon: "A customer's Tesla vehicle broke down on the entry ramp of the car park at around 6pm due to an empty battery.
"Westfield London's car park team assisted the broken down vehicle and guided 10 vehicles that were behind the Tesla around it.
"Tesla car park assistance then arrived on site to support the broken down vehicle."
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