Home Depot Hybrid Parking Abused


Cars.com’s intrepid photographer Chase Agnello-Dean was running errands today, official ones we hear, when he came across an intriguing parking lot feature at a Chicago Home Depot. It seems this Home Depot in a congested part of the city reserves close parking spots for those who drive alternative fuel vehicles. Who knew? It’s not like we live in California or anything.

Obviously customers either haven’t figured out the concept yet or don’t mind disregarding it as a Land Rover Discovery was nonchalantly parked in one of the spots. Harrumph!

By David Thomas | April 27, 2007 | Comments (29)
Tags: Pop Culture


Maybe the Land Rover driver thought gasoline was an alternative fuel.

I have to say the parking spot really isn't clear.. and for that matter, are Hybrids really alternative fuel vehicles? They do run on gas, after all. I'm thinking only Hydrogen or Rainbow powered cars are really allowed to part in those spots.


You will probably see HUMMER H2s parked there soon with Hybrid emblems tacked on just to make it legal...
(so Hybrid would mean half truck,half GI Joe wannabe/armored car looking/dumpster with doors).

You're gonna piss off some dumpsters with that comment.


I don't see why they should get special privileges just because they have an alternative fuel vehicle. Unless they can't walk or have a disability park where the rest of us park.


JW must not be from a part of the country where people value and encourage the reduction in the dependence on foreign oil, which hybrids (alternatively powered - yes batteries ARE an alternative 'fuel') vehicles do.


Mysterious JW twin-
Where do you think those batteries get their power? BINGO! GASOLINE! Hybrids are just a nifty doo-dad to use gasoline more efficiently. The term hybrid is actually a bit of a misnomer, as they only get their energy from one source, gasoline.

But this is no surprise. I see single occupancy vehicles in the HOV lanes and Excursions in the "Compact Vehicle Only" spots (well, in 2 of them anyway) all the time. People who don't earn the "special" treatment quickly get bitter, and will completely ignore the restrictions unless they're enforced. And is Home Depot going to tow a customer's car? I don't think so.


Seems odd, because one would think 90% of Home Depot customers would be driving full size pickups?

Say,,,, would Diesel be an "alternative" fuel?


I agree with the "tough" comments. A car's "footprint" takes up the same amount of space regardless of fuel. It's a nice thought, bt there's no reason to provide special services for tons of compartmentalized groups (expectant moms, families, etc).

Handicapped parking is a law and already established. A placard can cover those groups.

For the record I bike for most of my small trips, but when I do drive I park way the hell out as far as I can, as I don't want Joe Weekender careening his shopping carts and concrete boards into my car.

james www.futuregringo.com

I don't see why they should get special privileges just because they have an alternative fuel vehicle.

You into breathing? You breathe better because I drive a SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) -- a Honda Insight that gets 60ishmpg on the highway, 50ish in city traffic.

In addition, I use reusablebags.com at the grocery store and other stores -- have been for years.

Why use up/pollute more of the planet than absolutely necessary?

And no, I'm not a lefty, but a fiscal conservative/social libertarian.


People break rules no matter what. In my area it's common tosee people drive a handicapped family member's vehicle and use it to their advantage when parking.

People remove emissions devices off of thier vehicles.

People soup up thier vehicles.

People drive too fast and brake too hard.

People drive hulking SUV's and trucks with no-one else in them.

People buy more vehicle than they need.

People drive around with thier kids unbuckled and wandering around the vehicle.

People drink and drive....

Turn signals are not optional.

I say make a parking spot for people who follow the rules. Alternative fuel or not...


how about just a parking lot. no extra paint for anything. I fit the handicap discription, but I do not use handicap so why should you need alternative parking spots, unless they come equiped with plug-in for you car.


Troy- I've heard a lot of people say that people buy more vehicle than they need. Who determines how much vehicle someone needs? I mean many pickup truck, suv, and sports car drivers could probably get my in an econobox or a minivan. But it a decision as to what your priorities are (image, sportiness, handling, space, power, off-roadability whether or not you will ever use those capabilities). But I guess I often wonder about those who think themselves lofty enough to judge what is an appropriate car for other people.

wow you guys take a humorous friday afternoon post and run with it don't you?
Can't we all just get along?

I'm guessing this Home Depot has alt fuel parking because it is in the middle of Chicago and many people using this location may be of the DIY variety and into green vehicles, who knows.

The point is, it's probably such a novelty the Land Rover driver didn't even notice. the photo however was sill funny.



Your point is valid. I am no where near capable of judging what would be an appropriate vehicle for anyone.

In contrast, how many people actually exploit the full capability/utility of their current vehicle? I'd bet a small percentage. Vehicles should be like shoes. Try them on until one fits properly. Who needs a size 15 shoe when an 8 will do?

Look at major transportation businesses. They only buy what they need to get the job done.

If we all did our part, we'd be better off on our limited rersources, parking would be easier, roads less congested, and we'd all have a little extra in our bank accounts.


Troy- I think the shoe analogy is good. Some people buy Air Jordans because they like the image they project even though they can't shoot worth a darn. Others buy Payless shoes because they can't afford anything else. Shoes are about image for many people. Cars are also about image for many people. Suggesting that people should follow a very practical mindset when choosing cars is just as ridiculous as suggesting that kind of practical mindset in the fashion world.


Home Depot's intention is good, but perhaps not accurate. What's better for the environment? A car with a small, worn inefficient engine that's neglected and out of tune, and driven two thousand miles a month -- OR -- a car with a larger, very efficient engine that is in peak tune and driven maybe a hundred miles a month?
Most people don't realize that for decades hot rodders have been making their cars more efficient and more powerful while the automakers created inefficient fuel guzzling dogs. The automakers did it that way because it was CHEAP. Modern automakers are now finally catching up and adopting these age-old hot rodding techniques because they have to make cars more efficient. By the way, back in 1982 GM produced a car that could get 100 mpg but dropped the program. Wonder why?


I could park my E85 Chevy Avalanche there regardless of what I filled up with!


V - fashion is not generally ruining this planet, but the "fashion" that IS causing pain and suffering (i.e. fur, sweatshop clothes) is being boycotted, just like over-indulgent vehicles should be.

We all need to be more responsible, instead of feeling some sense of entitlement to indulge in stupidity.



Thank you for your award winning contribution to this topic as well.




Accolades to your display of manners. You're a fiesty one aren't you? Now, about this Home Depot alternative fuel parking spot....



So let me get this straight. A hybrid that runs off electric that is created by coal (over 60% of electricity in the us is generated with coal - the dirtiest most ecologically challenging resource we have) gets to park up front and my big ol Duramax Diesel Silverado Truck that runs off of biodiesel - that's right, renewable 100% vegetable has to park in the back. Hybrid is just another fad for california wannabee weinees with to much credit.


Hybrids don't use coal generated electricity...yet. For now hybrids use gasoline which is a much cleaner fuel than what you're burning in your pickup. Diesel is the filthiest fuel on the planet.


i don't understand the concept of 'hybrid only parking'. it can't possibly be to promote more efficient/cleaner vehicles (ignoring the disposable of all those lithium ion batteries). if it was, they'd have priority parking for the most efficient and the most polluting vehicles because the sooner they stop moving, the sooner they stop polluting. even that is even a stretch since typically the gas used to park the vehicle is next to nothing compared to the drive from point A to point B.

Here is a few statements I would like the HomeDepot-parking-lot-discriminators to think about before writing crap like that:

* Is an 8mpg E85 guzzler OK ? but not the 35mpg 1997 Honda Civic ?

* Alternative to what ? Gasoline is alternative to Diesel.

* A Prius charges its batteries by burning Gasoline.


oops is that a key scratch on that hybrid?

ST20x fan

A hybrid is classified as a vehicle with a gas engine and an attached electric motor along with a battery. (that means any car with an electric starter is good).

I should get preferred parking with my 15yr old Celica that gets 30MPG, and runs like it's in better than factory condition.


I like the idea behind this. They have it here at the grocery store by my house. However, isn't it just another way to separate people into classes? What about Joe Average that is driving that little inexpensive car because that's all he can afford? He comes to the store and gets told to park in the back because he can't afford a shiny new hybrid vehicle. I say give up those spots to those who NEED them ( physical disabilities, elderly, pregnant or families with small children). Awarding someone the closer spot because they can afford to buy the new Eco friendly car is ridiculous. I applaud these people for being environmentally friendly and I would do it too if I could afford it. But do we need to reward them? I thought just doing the right thing was reward enough?


I guess Home Depot will NEVER see one more penny from me. Too bad, I've spent literally hundreds of thousands with them.


It's bad enough people are getting spots up close because they're fatter than me (though some people with handicap plates actually NEED them) but now other people are getting the good spots because of the car they drive?

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