Videos of Teslas malfunctioning in sub-zero temperatures go viral


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Multiple stories of Tesla vehicles experiencing major malfunctions in freezing temperatures during the holidays have gone viral.

In a video uploaded to Twitter on December 23, Canadian meteorologist Rachel Modestino demonstrates her inability to open the driver’s side door of her vehicle because the latch, which must be pulled out of the door to be used, has jammed.

Her video garnered over 4.2 million views and 40,800 likes.

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“@elonmusk bet you didn’t think of ice in Tesla’s design,” Modestino wrote in his tweet.

Modestino’s video proved polarizing, with some Twitter users agreeing with his assessment of the vehicle while others reacted defensively and insulted its intelligence.

“There are these things called garages”, a user wrote.

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“A smart person in such weather starts his care from a distance and allows him to thaw for 20-30 minutes before entering, or he takes a jug of hot water from home and hoses down the front door before entering. come in,” wrote another.

“The handles aren’t the only problem, are they? Since the window doesn’t slide when frosted, I couldn’t close the door,” said one user. share. “I think you’re right Rachel, it’s a design error. They fix it with workarounds, but it starts with the error. I like the car too, but I agree with your remark.”

Modestino was finally able to get into his car through the use of a companion app.

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A TikTok video uploaded Dec. 25 shows another Tesla owner’s frustrations after his vehicle refused to charge in sub-zero temperatures on Christmas Eve.

“Tesla S won’t charge in the cold,” TikTok user Domenick Nati wrote in the video’s description. “Wrecked on Christmas Eve!”

In the video, Nati shows off her dashboard, which shows the outside temperature at 19 degrees Fahrenheit and indicates 19 miles to go before her battery dies.

Nati describes trying several different methods to charge his battery, but to no avail.

After plugging his car into a charging station, the vehicle screen says “Battery is heating up – Keep charging cable inserted”. After two hours, the message remains and his vehicle still reads 19 miles remaining.

Nati’s video has since garnered over a million views and 59,000 likes.

Commentators have criticized the vehicle for malfunctioning, with some expressing skepticism towards electric vehicles in general.

“I know what’s wrong [sic] “, commented one user. “There is no gas in it.”

“Thank you for convincing me never to buy Tesla,” wrote another.

“I live the idea of ​​some electric vehicles but the technology is not advanced enough to be forced on people,” another commented.

In an update video, Nati says Tesla was able to tow his vehicle and provide him with a Tesla Model 3 while his was being serviced.

“I received several calls today from @Tesla Motors,” he wrote in the video’s description. “They have been very accommodating so far and tow my car 2 hours from Richmond to the service center at their own expense.”

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