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Tesla Drivers Face Massive Queues for Motorway Charge


An electric car owner was shocked when he found 23 Teslas queuing to use the charging points at a motorway service station.

Experts are calling for more investment in EV infrastructure after driver Dylan Sumbler took to social media to share a video of the Teslas queuing at Tebay Services in Cumbria over the festive holidays.

EV experts from 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.

They warned that the problem could worsen before it gets better due to the increasing popularity of EVs and Teslas.

Mr Sumbler owns an EV for local journeys and runs a Land Rover Discovery for longer trips. He was returning from a family holiday in Scotland when he stopped to refuel his Land Rover at the services.

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

Mr Sumbler said: “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. This welcomed me.

“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 miserable Tesla drivers.

“I replaced my EV in May, which makes me seriously consider if a Tesla Model Y is the right option. Maybe Elon has offered free charging as a Xmas present?”

A spokesman for said Mr Sumbler’s video was evidence of the massive increase in EV popularity during 2022.

He said: “Electric vehicles boomed in popularity during 2022, and that trend looks to continue this year.

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

“Many people are on the roads over the festive period, and it seems this motorist arrived at the charging station at peak demand.

“More charging stations and more capacity are 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 long journey, and drivers should make sure they are aware of multiple charging options so they can head for an alternative option if they do find a situation such as this.”


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