+1 For Electric Vehicles: Thieves Won’t Steal Them


A few days ago, the guys over after Jalopnik compiled a list of “Five Cars That’ll Force Thieves to Think Twice.”

2013 Toyota Scion iQ - Even Fully Charged, This EV Won't Go Far

2013 Toyota Scion iQ – Even Fully Charged, This EV Won’t Go Far

Included on that list was “Any Electric Car That’s Not a Tesla.”

At first glance, we thought this was one more knock on electrics.  In a way, it is, but turning a negative into a positive is rather easy in this instance.

Here’s what Jalopnik says:

For once, range anxiety is a good thing. Steal a Nissan Leaf or Mitsubishi i-MIEV and there’s no telling how much charge is left in the battery. At full throttle, which significantly depletes the charge, a thief cannot get far, especially if a police chase ensues. But even recharging the cars takes a while, unlike filling up with gas.”

“However, if a thief does steal an EV, he or she will learn very quickly that parts are difficult to sell, largely because there’s little demand for them. The (heavy) battery may be worth something, but good luck attempting to get it off the car and then selling it. On the bright side, electric car owners are next to guaranteed that their cars won’t be swiped (unless it’s a Tesla).”

As we’ll soon show you, stealing a Tesla Model S is darn near impossible.  So, basically, if you own a pure electric vehicle, there’s little reason to worry about it becoming a target for thieves.

+1 for BEVs.

Source: Jalopnik

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The parts are worth almost nothing simply because most of the vehicles are still under full MFG warranty.

It is a back-handed compliment, but I’ll take it. It should help lower insurance rates.

OnStar helps prevent Volt thieves.

Honestly, I’m more worried about vandals.

Indeed. I suspect the only way to steal a Volt is with a tow truck. And chop shops probably don’t want them because there is no demand for the parts since all vehicles are still under warranty. So my biggest concern is theft of things like the tires/wheels or damage done to the vehicle just to break in and see if there is anything of value stored in the car.

I sustained $700 in damage when my Volt was only two weeks old. A miscreant thought it was nice to break may window and damage the door to extract a GPS. Meanwhile, the car was charging and the thief didn’t touch the EVSE.

This is the kind of conservative snark I would expect from Jalopnik. Nothing to see here; a gear-head thinks EVs are laughable. Move on.

I am a gearhead (Race cars, Hot Rods) and so is my Dad and we both drive electric vehicles. 120MPG equivelent or more is nothing to Laugh at.

Not to mention that most EV owners walk around with moving map tracking devices in their pockets

Speaking to how to steal a Tesla, antifreeze, roll-top car carrier and a winch. That gets you the car. Sever the wireless antennas and it’s straight to the container ship for the trip overseas. Or simply cover the model S with a faraday blanket until you get it to a container.

Theives have been doing this for years with other cars.

what is the antifreeze for?

Tires won’t spin so they must slide.

if you just want to drag the car onto the tow truck, it’s not needed. I know this from personal experience — my (old, ICE) car’s emergency brake calipers rusted up, and the wheels wouldn’t turn, and I needed it towed to a repair shop. The tow driver attached the chain, and the winch just dragged my car onto the bed of the truck. It took about 5 minutes, most of which was the guy adjusting the chains and making sure everything was fastened right.

No, don’t steal the LEAF or i-MiEV….

But steal their respective EVSE would worth a lot more money.

Especially 2013 LEAF’s EVSE. You can easily sell that for more than $500 on the internet…. and it works for most plugin cars…