Sorry for this misadventure. I recommend a foldable shovel to prepqre for such emergencies. They take up very little space in the trunk. Often, they're included in medium-size and up road-emergency kits.
I was able to pull into the lot and plug in. The power company said they will have service back up at 11 am. I called them at noon LOL
The blizzard is indeed historical and the conditions have nothing to do with Tesla. I'm not blaming them or anyone. It's just a very unfortunate situation for anyone to be in. Being in an EV just makes it extra bad. Once you are down on your battery, you can't just drive to another gas station or have someone bring you gas. The problem with having one charger every 100 miles means each station is absolutely vital. If one fails you are stuck. If you run out of gas, it's trivia to have someone bring a canister.
Btw, I got on the I40 before it was closed. It was scary! I passed many cars that slid in the ditches. The wind blew across the road like I have never seen in my life. Black ice everywhere. At anything over 20 kW the traction control kicked in. But amazing how well the Model S behaves!
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Again, the blizzard isn't Tesla's fault but giving the driver real-time status updates about stations is really important. It would have saved me from a lot of trouble. It would have given me alternatives.
Auto-pilot takes over, displays "That's far enough, Buster -- we're turning around!" on the console, and drives you back to the closest town until the emergency is over... :scared:Real-time status would have helped, but as a stop-gap Tesla Motors also could have simply contacted everyone heading to Shamrock. (Eastbound traffic in Santa Rosa or Tucumcari and Westbound vehicles in OKC or Weatherford). I guess there's no process setup for this.
So how would an ICE have been better? you plan on that location for fuel, you don't have enough to go back where you came from, you're stuck.
I haven't seen anything here that would explain how an ICE would have had any better luck.
Real-time status would have helped, but as a stop-gap Tesla Motors also could have simply contacted everyone heading to Shamrock. (Eastbound traffic in Santa Rosa or Tucumcari and Westbound vehicles in OKC or Weatherford). I guess there's no process setup for this.
Good point. Although, when I had an ICE, I always waited until I was past empty before I would refuel. About 6 months before I bought my 1st Tesla, we had a power outage that lasted for 5 days, so we had to drive about 5 miles to refuel (I know, big deal).