A TESLA owner experienced his worst nightmare after receiving an alert miles away from a charging station.
The driver from San Diego in the US took to social media to explain his horrific electric car ordeal.
In a TikTok video, he revealed how he lived through “Tesla owner’s worst nightmare.”
On the Clip He said: “After owning a car for over two and a half years and driving over 35,000 miles, I finally got the dreaded warning message.”
“And it happened at the worst possible time.”
The footage shows the driver jumping into his Tesla 2021 Model Y Long Range and heading onto the road.
The vehicle has a top speed of up to 155 miles per hour and offers a range of 326 miles, or 320 to 340 miles on a full charge.
But despite its impressive capacity, the driver suffered from major range problems.
The car enthusiast said he went into “panic mode” when an alarming message appeared on the vehicle’s touchscreen.
He explained: “Basically my car has no miles left and was told I needed to charge before I got to my destination.”
“My destination is the nearest Supercharger station.
“I’m not going to lie, I freaked out. The car said my battery would be one percent negative when I got there, and besides, I’m stuck in traffic in Las Vegas.”
Despite the alarming warning, the shocked driver continued his journey to the nearest charging station.
“So it wasn’t looking good, but I just had to risk it,” he added.
The video shows his Tesla’s touchscreen announcing the destination 400 feet away.
Just when he thought he could reach a plug, things got even worse.
He hit: “There was a lot of traffic on the way to the charging station. At this point I turn off all the air conditioning to save the battery.”
“At this point I’m sweating profusely and panicking.”
He eventually made it to the nearest Tesla charging station with almost no juice.
“I was able to charge my car without having to tow it.
“The lesson learned here: Don’t forget to charge your car, and I think Tesla leaves a little in the tank even though it says zero percent battery,” he explained.
The video now has more than 30,000 views and hundreds of likes from other EV drivers.
Dozens of users flocked to the comments section to express their opinions and advise the Tiktoker.
One user said Tesla owners should be aware that the battery displayed on the monitor does not always reflect the actual percentage.
“Someone tested it and apparently it goes up to 10 miles after zero percent,” the user explained.
Another advised: “Zero means 12 percent. You cannot allow the battery to run out as it will not last long. If I were you, I would never go below 40 percent.”
However, others were less impressed and blamed the driver for driving with a low battery.
One user criticized: “Manage your life better. Taking a trip in such a low car is irresponsible.”
The same user said that petrol car owners often suffer the same stress but always have access to petrol.
“This is nothing other than the stress that occurs when you run out of gas. But you can buy a canister of petrol from Servo to refill it,” said the user.
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