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:

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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.

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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.

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