Amidst the harsh winter freeze temperatures, Tesla drivers in Chicago are facing difficulties in charging their cars. Dozens of Tesla owners were spotted on Monday, anxiously attempting to recharge their vehicles at a Tesla supercharging station in Oak Brook, Illinois, as reported by Fox 32. According to one driver, Tyler Beard, he had been trying to charge his electric vehicle since Sunday afternoon.
“Nothing. No juice. Still on zero percent,” Beard said. “And this is like three hours being out here after being out here three hours yesterday.”
Beard found himself among the many Tesla owners, all scrambling to charge their cars at the Tesla supercharging station in Oak Brook. This chaotic scene was replicated across numerous charging stations in the Chicago area, with long queues and abandoned vehicles becoming a common sight.
Over the weekend, the Chicago area experienced some of its most frigid weather in five years. According to the National Weather Service, wind chills plummeted to minus 32 degrees on Sunday.
Tesla Owners Found Themselves Stranded During the Brutal Winter Freeze
Several drivers reached a point of frustration and decided to abandon their electric vehicles in the freezing conditions. Chalis Mizelle, a Tesla owner, shared her experience with Fox, explaining that she had to rely on a friend for transportation when her car failed to charge. “This is crazy. It’s a disaster. Seriously,” a bewildered Mizelle said.
Meanwhile, another observer put the line of Teslas stuck in the freeze more bluntly. “We got a bunch of dead robots out here,” he quipped.
However, for individuals such as Kevin Sumrak, the situation was far from amusing. Upon arriving at O’Hare on Sunday evening, he discovered that his Tesla had completely run out of power. Consequently, Sumrak had no choice but to enlist the services of a flatbed tow truck in an attempt to locate a functional charging station.
Electric vehicles often face challenges in cold weather, as lower temperatures can cause car batteries to drain more quickly, resulting in a notable impact on vehicle performance. Tesla owners have previously expressed concerns about encountering difficulties in freezing temperatures. Some have even shared videos depicting instances where car doors appear to be frozen shut.
According to a 2019 study conducted by AAA, the range of EVs can be significantly reduced by cold temperatures. This is especially true when drivers utilize interior heaters. The study revealed that in 20-degree weather, the average driving range decreased by 12% with the car’s heater off. However, it plummeted by 41% when it was used. These findings highlight the impact of temperature on EV performance and emphasize the importance of considering heating usage when planning EV trips.
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