Check out this i3 in Oxford's Westgate centre. Not sure if this phenomenon has a name. At least, not a publishable one.
At Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port there is a Tesla Destination charging station that services both Teslas and 'other EV's' (ie. Chademo & Type2) Each bay has a cone on it which is meant to be removed by an EV intending to charge their vehicle. When finished, common courtesy dictates that the user then replaces said cone in the bay just occupied to 'alert' ICE vehicles that the bays are for EV charging only. Simples...If it were me I'd have thought the cone was there for a reason and I'd have done the same.
Yes - I agree with you that it's a bit of an inconvenience, especially if you're travelling alone. As you, I have also not seen this system before. The cones were normal size, but green & white, possibly further indicating that the bays were for 'environmentally friendly vehicles' only... Fortunately, I saw some chargers undertaking this 'protocol' before I did likewise. It's a good system if it succeeds in preventing bays being ICE'd and I hope it catches on.This isn't a protocol that I've ever come across our heard of.
If I saw a cone blocking a charging bay, I think I would assume it was out of service. Perhaps a sign on the cone saying 'Reserved for Electric Vehicles Only' or something. Even so, it's a pain if you're driving alone.
Apart from seeing it mentioned on this forum a couple of times I would have had no idea about cones reserving spaces for charging cars. In all my public charging over more than 3 years I've never come across this before and if there is no signage saying what the cones are for then why should people be expected to know it's ok to move them?Yeah tbh, the whole “ev drivers can move the cone” protocol might not seem as obvious as you’d think. Before reading of this being a standard thing to discourage ice-ing I would have thought there was an issue with the space which is why the cone was there.