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Car packs up with aircon fault

The main difference is in a Tesla, the compressor is required to cool the batteries. Unlike an ICEr which you can continue to drive without air conditioning.
Might be a bit uncomfortable if you're not used to the great outdoors in the heat.
Yes interesting how the car shut itself down completely, luckily I had engaged tow mode prior to this and rolled it off my sloped drive otherwise recovery would have been a nightmare!

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