Dan Kaninen, an electric car driver and former White House liaison at the Environmental Protection Agency, recently shared his personal experience during the I-95 traffic disaster, which closed about 48 miles of the highway due to ice and snow. Drivers caught in the middle of a horrific traffic scenario had to survive many hours in their cars in temperatures below freezing.
In the aftermath of the accident, Washington Post An opinion piece was published claiming that the disaster would have been much worse if every vehicle in the traffic jam had run on electricity. Quoted by Mail It was shared on Twitter about a worried Tesla driver knocking on a truck driver’s door in the middle of the night (a follow-up message from the driver on Twitter confirmed that the Tesla driver actually survived the night with 18% of the car battery left), stickers Charles Lane argued that electric cars “might have littered the highway for miles” if there were more battery-powered cars.
The former White House liaison couldn’t disagree more, and he would have known for sure because he was personally trapped on I-95 for a full fourteen hours during the stalemate. Interestingly enough, Kanninen drives a Tesla Model 3, the company’s shortest-range car available today. But even so, contrary to estimates the postThe Model 3 has already handled the cold night efficiently. An image shared in a blog post by Kanninen even included an image showing the electric car owner watching what appears to be Netflix in his Model 3’s 15-display while waiting for the deadlock to end.
Kaninen listed several factors that helped him and his Model 3 handle the I-95 disaster without too many problems. “I am grateful that I was driving my standard range Tesla Model 3 when I hit traffic. While my fellow drivers were cranking their engines to stay warm, my electric car directed its power only to regulate the temperature. Since other drivers were concerned about their dwindling gas reserves, it did My electric vehicle constantly monitors my power supply. Since electric car drivers charge at home and in the community, we are less likely to have only partial charging, unlike other drivers, who rarely drive on a full tank.”
The Model 3 owner left the I-95 traffic nightmare without any drama, as the car’s navigation system directed Kanninen to a nearby charging station when the roads opened. The former White House contact added that his car still had 50 miles left by the time he arrived at the electric vehicle charging site. Meanwhile, drivers of internal combustion engine vehicles can be seen waiting in long queues at gas stations, who have doused themselves in snow and the snow has fallen.
The fact that so much misinformation was spread about electric cars in the wake of the I-95 traffic disaster proves that there is still much that needs to be done to inform and educate the public about electric cars. if Washington Post It could make a completely wrong decision about how electric cars handle the midnight congestion in the middle of winter, after all, it suggests that the true capabilities and advantages of electric cars over ICEs are still largely unfamiliar with the mainstream public.
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