As the Midwest grapples with a severe cold snap, Tesla owners in the Chicago area are encountering a significant challenge: Supercharger stations failing to power their vehicles. Amid the dropping temperatures, which have reached negative double digits, these charging stations have become akin to "car graveyards," according to a report by Fox Business.
Tyler Beard, a Tesla owner struggling since Jan. 14 to charge his vehicle at an Oak Brook, IL, station, expressed his frustration to the news outlet. "Nothing. No juice. Still on 0%," Beard said, highlighting the prolonged and unsuccessful efforts spanning hours.
The situation has led to long lines and abandoned cars at various Tesla charging stations around Chicago. Chalis Mizelle, another Tesla owner, described the scenario as a "disaster" after she had to leave her car and seek alternative transportation.
The issues extend beyond mere inconvenience. Kevin Sumrak shared his experience of landing at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, only to find his Tesla unresponsive and requiring a tow to a functioning charging station.
Mark Bilek from the Chicago Auto Trade Association said cold weather can significantly affect EVs' charging capabilities. "It’s not plug and go. You have to precondition the battery, meaning that you have to get the battery up to the optimal temperature to accept a fast charge," he said.
Tesla has not yet provided an official response to the issue.