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There’s big trouble in the Windy City.
Dozens of Tesla owners were left stranded in the middle of a blizzard. That’s because their car batteries died.
“I’ve been here for over five hours at this point, and I still have not gotten to charge my car,” Tesla driver Brandon Welbourne told CBS News. “A charge that should take 45 minutes is taking two hours.”
CBS News reports that electric vehicles were lined up at charging stations that either did not work or would take hours to charge.
One motorist said he’d been waiting for five hours and once he was able to get to a charging station it took more than two hours.
“Nothing. No juice. Still on zero percent,” motorist Tyler Beard told Fox Business. “And this is like three hours being out here after being out here three hours yesterday.”
And consider this dispatch from The New York Times:
With Chicago temperatures sinking below zero, electric vehicle charging stations have become scenes of desperation: depleted batteries, confrontational drivers and lines stretching out onto the street.
“When it’s cold like this, cars aren’t functioning well, chargers aren’t functioning well, and people don’t function so well either,” said Javed Spencer, an Uber driver who said he had done little else in the last three days besides charge his rented Chevy Bolt and worry about being stranded with a dead battery — again.
Mr. Spencer, 27, said he set out on Sunday for a charging station with 30 miles left on his battery. Within minutes, the battery was dead. He had to have the car towed to the station.
“When I finally plugged it in, it wasn’t getting any charge,” he said. Recharging the battery, which usually takes Mr. Spencer an hour, took five hours.The New York Times
AAA found that cold temperatures can reduce an electric vehicle’s range by more than 40 percent – especially when drivers are using interior heaters. So, if you’re going to drive a Tesla during the winter months, you need to bring along extra gloves, a scarf, mittens and a blanket.
I’m not sure if this information is helpful to the battery-powered car crowd, but I drive something called a Cadillac. It’s powered by regular-unleaded gasoline. It takes about five minutes to fill up – even during a blizzard. And if the battery ever dies – there’s normally some guy in a diesel-powered truck whose more than happy to offer a jump-start.
I’d mention that my Cadillac has a heated steering wheel and seat warmer, too. But that would just be impolite.