If you listen to the rhetoric of the political left for even a few minutes, it shouldn’t take long to realize that they want to replace all fossil fuel-based appliances, transportation, etc., with something much “greener.” But as yet another incident has proved, the time for that is still quite a way off.
This one occurred near Salisbury, England, on a very busy thoroughfare, resulting in a 9-hour traffic jam…
According to London’s The Telegraph, it happened in the late afternoon on Tuesday. A Tesla Model 3 Performance car suddenly lost power while turning off a traffic area.
Now, usually, when a car loses power, while problematic, it can typically be handled or at least the immediate results counteracted in very little time. Tow trucks or even just the driver can get the vehicle to the side of the road or take it to a repair shop where they are safely out of the way of other drivers.
However, that’s not necessarily possible with electric vehicles.
As the report of the Salisbury incident reported, “the handbrakes of electric cars, and some other modern cars, are controlled electronically, unlike those of traditional petrol (gas) and diesel cars which are mechanical.”
It further explained that the “car cannot be pushed or towed.”
If you’ve ever had a vehicle fault out on you, for whatever reason, you likely know that the easiest and quickest solution to traffic problems is putting the car into neutral and either pushing or towing it out of the way.
But with electric cars, you can’t just change the gears. When the car dies, those are essentially locked in place, making it nearly impossible to move the vehicle.
This was the case for the Tesla Model 3.
As a local pub landlord, Matt Grigg, explained, response personnel and police officers attempted to push the vehicle to the side of the road but couldn’t – and the tow truck couldn’t move it either.
“The obstruction caused delays throughout the rest of the day.”
In fact, it wasn’t until around 11:15 p.m. that road crews could finally leave the area, and normal traffic resumed at least a full nine hours later.
So, contrary to the left’s wishes, I’d say we are nowhere near ready to do away with fossil-fueled transportation just yet.