“We have already experienced this several times…”

“We have already experienced this several times…”
“We have already experienced this several times…”

It is our Flemish colleagues from Nieuwsblad who reveal this information, as unusual as it is challenging.


“We have already experienced this three times,” confirmed Dirk Steyvers, spokesperson for Electric by D’Ieteren (EDI).

According to the other major installer and operator of charging stations in Flanders (Stroohm), there is certainly no fundamental problem, but rather exceptions.

Because in fact, slugs attack electric car charging stations.

“In all three cases we know of, the problems were caused by incorrect installation of the cable glands,” explains Dirk Steyvers. Here we are talking about connectors in the cable system. “If they are not connected correctly, slag can get onto the circuit board, even though everything is sealed tightly.”

Short circuit

It is the Spanish slug (brown in color) which is believed to be responsible for these breakdowns.

The culprit: the Spanish slug. – Pixabay

Slugs do not devour cables like they do our salad leaves or flowers, but they lounge there, leaving their slime there. And it is this slime (and the ions it contains) which would cause a short circuit and render the terminals unusable. It would therefore not be a corrosion problem.

Attracted by the smell

According to Thierry Backeljau, biologist at the University of Antwerp and the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, who speaks in the Nieuwsbald, it is possible that the smell of certain products incorporated in electrical cables or in the sealing of cables attracts gastropods. “Slugs and snails are omnivorous today. They eat almost everything, from paper to cardboard to plants in our gardens.” Several cases of snails devouring bills and mail in mailboxes were reported by the French media during this very, very wet spring. The weather is ideal for these dear gastropods…



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