We just discovered a new twist to the EV rat problem — we were driving our car (which we park on the street) to pennsyvlania, when the engine light went on. When we got there, my husband popped the hood only to see a rat disappear into the engine! The mechanic called it a "mickey mouse" job and says it happens all the time in manhattan — the rat chewed 1200 fucking dollars worth of damage to the wiring!
For more on this topic:
Under the Hood, a Cozy Rat Retreat
The New York Times