Six-hour queues shows painful reality of owning a Tesla at Christmas
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It's no secret that Brits love a good queue, but even by these standards no one wants to be stuck waiting in line on Christmas Day.
Unfortunately, this was the situation facing many Tesla owners across the UK, who were left queueing for hours when they should've been at home eating mince pies and watching trashy TV.
Although you can get some serious mileage out of a single charge, the electric vehicles have proven to be a bit of a pain over the festive season this year as so many people flocked to the charging stations before making their trips to family and friends.
According to Metro, some were queueing for up to six hours at a time, which makes sense when you factor in the charging time - experts state that it can take anywhere between 15 minutes and 12 hours depending on the model.
A number of social media users shared that they had been waiting for at least one or two hours before they'd even hooked their vehicle up.
Nearly 24 Teslas were seen besides a charging station in a Waitrose car park in South Mims, Hertfordshire, on Christmas Day.
A similar story unfolded over in Tebay, Cumbria, where one person wrote on Twitter: "Bedlam @WestmorlandServ Tebay today. 2hr 30m wait for a charge.
"Worst journey as @Tesla driver. Q now 40 deep!"
Another in Penrith added: "Really upsetting to have to have whole family wait for 2 hours to charge car @Tesla #penrith #tebay."
A third shared a photo of a jam-packed queue, writing: "UK services this week have been insanely busy for Tesla charging, currently car 15 in a queue of over 20...
"But you can always rely on the British public to make an orderly queue."
Videos also surfaced on TikTok, with one shared by YouTuber and car buyer Geoff Buys Cars, who wrote: "Tesla owners queue for power at Penrith."
Over the footage of log jammed EVs, he quipped: "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way... Oh what fun it is to own a Tesla for the Holiday."
The clip has received hundreds of comments from people who aren't all that sympathetic towards the Tesla owners.
"Not patting themselves on the back now are they," quipped one, while another said: "That's the future right there," alongside a laughing emoji.
A third chimed in: "EVs are a con. Until the infrastructure catches up don’t waist your money."
And one former owner even commented to suggest that the queueing was too much to hack, writing: "Which is why I sold mine."
LADbible has contacted Tesla for comment.