A Tesla owner in Virginia had to cancel Christmas plans with his son after his electric car failed to charge in the bitter cold sweeping the country.
Dominic Natty, 44, told Business Insider how he plugged his Tesla S into a supercharger in Lynchburg on Friday when temperatures were minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
But as the hours passed, the percentage of charge decreased as the temperature dropped, before the car stopped charging completely.
Then he tries again on Christmas Eve, but after a few hours of nothing happening, he decides to ditch his car in the area and head home.
Dominic Natty, a broadcaster in Virginia, revealed how his Tesla S won’t charge in extremely cold weather
Without his car, Natty said, he wouldn’t be able to see his son open Christmas presents.
Natty, a local radio host, vented his frustration with Business Insider on Sunday as he revealed that he’s not the only Tesla owner struggling to charge their electric cars amid the explosion in the Arctic.
He said he went to a supercharger in town on Friday to charge the car before the weekend. The car’s battery was at 40 percent at the time.
“It’s been two hours and not much has changed,” he told Insider. It was very slow and the numbers went down as the temperature went down. Eventually, it stopped charging completely.
After that, he said he tried charging his Tesla S at home, but no luck either.
So he came back on Christmas Eve, posting a video to TikTok of his car-charging efforts.
Nati documented what happened when he tried to charge his electric car on Saturday in a TikTok video
“It’s 19 degrees outside, and I have 19 miles left before the battery dies,” Natty offered to thousands of viewers.
He then explained that after he had the same problem the day before, he was told he had to wait for the supercharger to warm up – so when he went to the turbocharger on Saturday, he had the heating and climate control settings on.
“There’s no way to charge this battery or leave it warm in the cold,” Natty told viewers.
At that point, Natty decided to document what happened when he tried to charge the Tesla S.
TikTok showed that the supercharger displayed a message that read: “Battery is heating up – keep charging cable included”.
But the message remained the same for the next two hours, with the remaining time increasing from two hours and 25 minutes to three hours and 15 minutes.
Natty went to a supercharger station in his hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia
The message remained the same for two hours as the remaining time increased from two hours and 25 minutes to three hours and 15 minutes
Natti said he tried to contact Tesla for help, but had no response.
Then he was forced to cancel his Christmas plans, feeling upset that he wouldn’t be able to see his son’s presents open on Sunday morning.
But Nati said he is not the only one suffering from this problem, as the United States is experiencing the coldest Christmas ever.
“Since I posted the video, a lot of people have reported that they have the same problem,” he told FOX Business on Sunday.
“Some of my fellow Tesla owners have messaged me to see if I found a solution,” Natty noted. Unfortunately, my answer is no.
The problem comes as bad news for US Tesla owners, as record low temperatures grip the US.
At least 24 people died in the Arctic blast, BBC reports, including seven in the hard-hit Buffalo borough of New York, where rescue efforts were hampered by strong winds.
Other storm-related deaths were reported in Vermont, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas and Colorado as more than 250,000 homes nationwide remained without power Sunday morning and blizzard warnings extended from Canada to Texas.
Missouri got the coldest, with temperatures there dropping as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit on Christmas Day.
The problem comes as bad news for American Tesla owners, as record low temperatures continue to grip the US
The problem with charging Teslas is just the latest problem facing the electric car maker, which has seen its stock drop more than 65 percent over the year.
Earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk sold another 22 million Tesla shares, valued at $3.58 billion in company stock.
He’s now sold nearly $23 billion in Tesla stock since April, and much of the money likely helped fund his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. He also sold nearly $22 billion in stocks in 2021.
Meanwhile, declining stocks have removed Musk from his place as the richest person in the world, with his net worth dropping to $174 billion, according to Forbes. Recommended by French fashion and cosmetics mogul Bernard Arnault.
Musk has sold nearly $23 billion in Tesla stock since April, with most of the money likely helping fund his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. He sold nearly $22 billion in stocks in 2021
Tesla stock prices are now down more than 66 percent over the past year, as investors fear Musk will focus more on Twitter than on the EV company.
Investors have been penalizing Tesla shares lately as Musk spends most of his time managing Twitter, raising concerns that he is distracting from the auto company.
“It looks like Elon Musk spends 100% of the time on Twitter and you know he might need more capital,” Jay Hatfield of Infrastructure Capital Management said in November.
Since buying Twitter, Musk has made very few tweets about Tesla, a practice that has helped him gain traction on the platform.
Musk is now a villain in the eyes of Tesla investors, said Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush. He said Tesla’s fundamentals remain intact, but his behavior with Twitter is hurting the company’s brand.
“The burden of Twitter is a growing nightmare with no one to blame but Musk,” Ives wrote in an email.
Musk pledged $46.5 billion in equity and debt financing for the Twitter acquisition, which covered the $44 billion price and closing costs. Banks, including Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp., have committed $13 billion in debt financing.
The billionaire tried to walk away from the deal in May, alleging that Twitter underestimated the number of bot and spam accounts on the platform. This led to a series of lawsuits between the two parties, before Musk finally agreed to take over the company in October.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the company at the time was also seeing its value drop, with shares down about 30 percent.
Rising inflation and fears of a possible recession haven’t helped, and the company’s stock is down another 32 percent over the past month alone.
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