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THIS is the moment Tesla drivers were forced to queue up for hours as they waited for an electric car charging station.

Group vice president at ABB Dylan Sumbler posted the clip on LinkedIn showing the huge line of 23 cars waiting to charge their vehicle at the Tebay services in Cumbria as people returned home from their Christmas break.


He was stunned by the long line of Teslas and witnessed drivers becoming increasingly frustrated as they waited in the stationary queue.

Dylan wrote on the site: “I’ve been an EV driver for the last four years and I love it. It’s perfect for local journeys, the school run and shopping.

“I’ve always been envious of Tesla drivers, the crazy mileage range they can achieve and the option of Supercharging at Tesla charging stations.

“But returning from a family holiday over the festive holidays up in rural Scotland I was so thankful to have our trusty Land Rover Discovery 4, as a quick pit stop at Tebay Services I was welcomed by this.

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“OMG, what a nightmare, some had been waiting for over an hour and not moved at all and the queue was getting bigger and bigger, eight cars charging and 23 waiting…. a LOT of very unhappy Tesla drivers.

“I replace my EV in May and it makes me seriously consider if a Tesla Model Y is the right option for me. Maybe Elon [Musk] has offered free charging as a Xmas present?”

The footage comes as experts call for more investment in EV infrastructure.

EV experts said the video highlights the increasing popularity of electric vehicles but also shows more investment needs to be made in infrastructure to ensure it keeps up with demand.

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They warned that the problem could become even worse before it gets better due to the increasing popularity of EVs and Teslas in particular.

A spokesman for LeaseElectricCar.co.uk said: “Electric vehicles boomed in popularity during 2022 and that trend looks set to continue this year.

“But the video illustrates that more investment is required in the charging infrastructure, particularly on our motorway network.

“A lot of people are on the roads over the festive period and it seems this motorist arrived at the charging station at a period of peak demand.

“More charging stations and more capacity is planned and the problem should eventually ease but in the short term it could become even more frustrating for EV drivers.

“We recommend carefully planning routes when taking an EV on a longer journey and drivers should make sure they are aware of multiple charging options so if they do find a situation such as this they can head for an alternative option.”

EV drivers have also called for a new code of conduct around using public charging points in order to stop drivers from bickering.

Drivers have reported multiple incidents of irate motorists arguing over whose turn it is to use a charging point.

Some are even unplugging other electric vehicles so they can use the charger themselves.



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