Tesla Owners Complain that Last Week’s Frigid Temps Nocked Cars Out

Owners of the much-ballyhooed Tesla 3 found out just how bad their battery-powered vehicles are in frigid temperatures when their expensive sedans became useless in the cold.

As the polar vortex ripped through the Midwest and East last week bringing temperatures as low as minus 22 degrees, Tesla cars went belly up, owners said.

According to MSN Money:

Trending: Report: Search Site DuckDuckGo Hands User Data Over to Google

Model 3 owners have taken to social media and online forums to air issues they’ve had with their sedans due to the frigid weather of the last week. Cold conditions are a drain on battery range, no matter the car brand. But other predicaments are particular to Tesla.

take our poll - story continues below

Has There Been Voter Fraud in the 2020 Election?(2)

  • Has There Been Voter Fraud in the 2020 Election?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Godfather Politics updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Ronak Patel, a CPA auditor in New Jersey, bought a Model 3 last August. He’s driven about 150 miles in the cold over the last few days. “My biggest concern is the cold weather drained my battery 20 to 25 miles overnight and an extra five to ten miles on my drive to work,” he said. “I paid $60,000 to not drain my battery so quickly.”

Of course, Tesla isn’t alone in the battery-powered car market. The cold is very hard on battery life, for sure. According to Bloomberg, the same problem happens with the Chevy with the Bolt and Nissan with the Leaf.

But Tesla has specific problems of its own.

Tesla made a door design decision that is coming back to bite some buyers. The Model 3’s handles are flush with the exterior of the car and require customers to push on one side, then pull on the other to open them. Ice is making that maneuver difficult for drivers who’ve posted pictures online of their frozen handles.

Some users found that putting adhesive tape over the handles help keep them from freezing.

Others found that the cold weather messed with the car’s onboard computers.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

Don't forget to Like Godfather Politics on Facebook and Twitter, and visit our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.

Become an insider!

Sign up for the free Godfather Politics email newsletter, and we'll make sure to keep you in the loop.

Previous Pentagon Sending Another 4,000 Troops to the U.S.-Mexico Border
Next Confirmed: Man in LAPD Shirt Caught on Video Yelling 'White Power' is NOT a Cop

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon to the right of the comment, and report it as spam. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation. If you don't see a commenting section below, please disable your adblocker.