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Tesla owners run into battery charging trouble in Chicago's bitter cold

Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:19 pm
Posted by Darth Vol
Member since Jan 2024
482 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:19 pm
I think I'll run right out and buy an EV.

We would love to help, but TVA says we're short on juice.

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EVERGREEN PARK, Ill. (CBS) -- Some Tesla drivers learned the hard way about how cold weather affects battery life.

At a charging station at The Evergreen Marketplace, at 9200 S. Western Ave. in Evergreen Park, Teslas were lined up early Monday morning. Some of the Teslas' batteries died in Chicago's sub-zero temperatures, leaving the cars sitting askew and immobile in the parking lot.

Driver said some of the charging stations weren't working, and those that were working took a lot longer than usual to charge.

"I've been here for over five hours at this point, and I still have not gotten to charge my car," said Tesla driver Brandon Welbourne. "A charge that should take 45 minutes is taking two hours."

Welbourne said he saw at least ten cars towed.

Tesla advises owners to keep the charge level above 20 percent during bitter cold weather.

The company's support website said it's normal to see energy consumption increase because the Teslas use more energy to heat the battery and cabin.

"We have made several updates to improve your driving experience in freezing temperatures, including better overall thermal performance, quicker Supercharging, and improved cabin conditioning," the company said.


You bought it, you deal with it

Posted by Deep Purple Haze
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Posted by sicboy
Because Awesome
Member since Nov 2010
77514 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:22 pm to
The OT's collective head is going to explode with this one.
Posted by NotoriousFSU
Atlanta, GA
Member since Oct 2008
10151 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:24 pm to
Some of you may freeze to death, but it’s a sacrifice the NWO is willing to make.
Posted by Nado Jenkins83
Land of the Free
Member since Nov 2012
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Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:25 pm to
Posted by Icansee4miles
Trolling the Tickfaw
Member since Jan 2007
29142 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:29 pm to
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at least 10 cars towed


By diesel tow trucks. To where they can be charged using power from a coal fired power plant.
Posted by PrecedentedTimes
Member since Dec 2020
3084 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:31 pm to
Why hybrids are the best for the common man
Posted by Scuttle But
Member since Nov 2023
1301 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:40 pm to
Did you know that regular car starter batteries also die in extreme cold?
Posted by Sput
Member since Mar 2020
7859 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:41 pm to
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Some of you may freeze to death,


Going to freeze to death to stop global warming
Posted by Chromdome35
NW Arkansas
Member since Nov 2010
6815 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:42 pm to
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Did you know that regular car starter batteries also die in extreme cold?


Did you know you can get a new battery for around $100 and put it in yourself?

Can you change those EV batteries for $100 and self-install?
This post was edited on 1/16/24 at 4:43 pm
Posted by namvet6566
Member since Oct 2012
6686 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:43 pm to

Have to be crazy to buy one of these
Posted by Jalbow3
Trussville
Member since Oct 2008
4069 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:43 pm to
So these EVs don't come with a charger like a golf cart?
Posted by Powerman
Member since Jan 2004
162170 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:43 pm to
quote:

Did you know that regular car starter batteries also die in extreme cold?

Friend of mine in Iowa had to get her battery for her ICE car replaced the other day and it's less than a year old
Posted by keakar
Member since Jan 2017
29775 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:43 pm to
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Tesla owners run into battery charging trouble in Chicago's bitter cold


Posted by Scuttle But
Member since Nov 2023
1301 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:43 pm to
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Did you know you can get a new battery for around $100 and put it in yourself?

Can you change those EV batteries for $100 and self-install?



No but the Tesla warranty will replace it for free.
Posted by NattyLite
St. Charles Community
Member since Jan 2010
2018 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:44 pm to
Shut up pussy
Posted by JackieTreehorn
Malibu
Member since Sep 2013
28960 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:45 pm to
Well what else can we buy to virtue signal to our neighbors and friends?
Posted by Chromdome35
NW Arkansas
Member since Nov 2010
6815 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:45 pm to
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No but the Tesla warranty will replace it for free.


What does that have to do with the subject at hand? Is Tesla going to replace them on the spot where they died like you can do with an ICE battery?
Posted by SPEEDY
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Member since Dec 2003
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Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:45 pm to
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"A charge that should take 45 minutes is taking two hours."


Posted by Water
Louisiana
Member since Jan 2020
722 posts
Posted on 1/16/24 at 4:45 pm to
It’s almost like the cold affects batteries

If only cars had already used batteries for decades, we might have been able to predict this situation
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