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Shoppers Furious As Tesla Car Runs Out Of Battery And Blocks Carpark For 3 Hours

Shoppers Furious As Tesla Car Runs Out Of Battery And Blocks Carpark For 3 Hours

London shoppers were left waiting for three hours after a Tesla car blocked the exit ramp of a UK car park

Drivers were fuming after a Tesla ran out of battery on a car park entry ramp and blocked the car park of Britain's biggest shopping centre.

The car park of London's Westfield Shopping Centre was reportedly blocked for three hours on Wednesday evening (3 November) and a shopper named Henry took to Reddit to let out his frustrations.

He wrote: "Perfect, a Tesla ran out of battery and stopped at the ramp of a 5 storey car park at Westfield.

"It has been three hours and counting."


One user wrote: "I know range anxiety is a thing, but there is no excuse for this."

Another said: "Considering the huge range these cars have, there's really no excuse for this."

A third person complained: "3 hours and the Westfield management couldn't find a means to tow it off the ramp?

"It's in their interest to keep traffic flowing."


Henry replied to that comment and wrote: "The Tesla is completely dead and it is in parking mode.

"The management team rumbling about their solution and basically there is nothing they can do.

"At the end, all the cars reversed out from a 5 story [sic] winding ramp. Fab day."


A spokesperson for Westfield told MyLondon: "A customer's Tesla vehicle broke down on the entry ramp of the car park at around 6pm due to an empty battery.

"Westfield London's car park team assisted the broken down vehicle and guided 10 vehicles that were behind the Tesla around it.

"Tesla car park assistance then arrived on site to support the broken down vehicle."

It's been a big week for Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Not only has he potentially pledged $6 billion of his Tesla shares to help end world hunger, he also managed to wipe $42 billion off that the value of the company with a single tweet.

Honestly, imagine that kind of money. It's almost impossible, right?

Anyway, one thing that might have passed some casual observers of Musk by is that Tesla is on the brink of signing up a massive deal with car rental company Hertz.

Hertz announced they'd be buying 100,000 Tesla vehicles by the end of 2022, as CEO Mark Fields said: "Electric vehicles are now mainstream, and we've only just begun to see rising global demand and interest.

"The new Hertz is going to lead the way as a mobility company, starting with the largest EV rental fleet in North America and a commitment to grow our EV fleet and provide the best rental and recharging experience for leisure and business customers around the world."

However, Tesla's largest ever order was put into question by Musk himself, who tweeted that 'no contract' has been signed yet.

That wiped as much as four percent - or around $42 billion - off the company's share prices.

Featured Image Credit: Reddit

Topics: tesla, London