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‘A bunch of dead robots:’ Chicago’s freezing temperatures are turning EV charging stations into ‘car graveyards’

A wave of stranded electric vehicles, mostly Tesla cars, has overtaken the Oak Brook Supercharger station in Chicago, as a severe cold snap renders many electric vehicles helpless and immobile.

Fox 32 reports that Chicago’s recent bout of freezing temperatures has taken a toll on electric vehicles, causing an unusual scene at the Oak Brook Tesla charging station. This station, along with many others in the Chicago area, is filled with dead Teslas as owners struggle to charge their vehicles.

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FILE - A group of Tesla cars line up at charging stations at a dealership in Littleton, Colorado, Aug. 23, 2020. In Connecticut, officials have begun implementing a sweeping new law aimed at reducing vehicle emissions, including adding 10 more electric vehicles that will now be eligible for the state's rebate program.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

FILE – A group of Tesla cars line up at charging stations (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Tesla owner Tyler Beard faced the challenges posed by the cold. Having tried to charge his Tesla since Sunday afternoon, he became frustrated, saying: “Nothing. No juice. Still zero percent. Its charging difficulties stem from the impact of subzero temperatures on electric vehicle batteries, an issue that Breitbart News has covered extensively in the past. From angry Tesla owners sharing videos of their cars not starting to owners having to charge their vehicles six times a day due to significantly reduced battery performance, Tesla cars simply cannot endure winter in much of North America.

Beard’s experience was not unique, as many others at the Oak Brook station have faced similar problems, resulting in long lines and abandoned cars. The situation was summed up by another Tesla owner, Chalis Mizelle, who abandoned her car and had to look for alternative transportation: “It’s crazy. It is a disaster. Seriously.”

Another man described the situation by saying: “We have a bunch of dead robots here. » The impact of the cold was more than an inconvenience for some. Kevin Sumrak, landing at O’Hare to find his Tesla unresponsive, had to resort to renting a flatbed tow truck in search of a working charging station.

While Tesla did not respond to FOX 32’s inquiries, a local auto expert, Mark Bilek of the Chicago Auto Trade Association, commented: “Like any new technology, there is a learning curve for people. It’s not plug and go. You need to precondition the battery, which means you need to bring it to the optimal temperature to accept a fast charge.

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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship.


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