"It must be working OK as I can see a vehicle charged on it yesterday!"I will never cease to wonder why such incidents are described as 'lucky escapes' rather than 'unlucky accidents'.
Anyways .... if it was a Polar it'd still be saying 'available' on the map, because when you call it in to the [amusingly named] 'helpline' and say 'hey, this charger is out of action because there is a car parked on top of it and it's no longer the same shape' they'll say 'only our technicians can determine if it is faulty or not, they might be able to reboot it'.
I often wonder whether such things would encourage claims from the drivers of vehicles that hit them as being unnecessarily robust and causing excessive damage to the vehicle and potentially its occupants. It must be very difficult designing something to protect against everything from a bicycle to an HGV.How about steel I-Beams with 2metres sticking out of the ground, and 2 metres slotted into a tube?
In that particular Stourbridge location the impact came at high speed from a main road behind the units, over a footpath and down a grassy embankment. The only defence against that would be motorway standard Armco to stop stolen speeding cars careering 50 yards off that main road.It must be very difficult designing something to protect against everything from a bicycle to an HGV.
Calderdale council really should have done their homework, that car park is like a low rent fast and furious meet up most Friday and Saturday nights. I’m sure some lowered, 10 year old Corsa with crap neon took one hell of a beating when it power slid in to the Engie charger.View attachment 148112
This happened to an Engie fast charger in Halifax, West Yorkshire a few years ago. I think they said vehicle collision too but could have been deliberate. There seems to be little attempt to protect the chargers but perhaps the cost of protection exceeds the typical damage.
House not far from us is on a junction/bend that used to be notorious for cars leaving the road. They have a front fence that is made from heavy duty RSJs. The vertical posts are steel I beams about a a foot wide, with a hefty bit of rectangular steel tube welded across the top:It's not much different to people who have a house next to a road which has a sharp bend. I've often seen photos of cars embedded into houses. I recall one such homeowner that built a reinforced concrete stub wall, which was disguised with a normal fence in front.