Six-hour queues show what it’s really like owning a Tesla at Christmas


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Tesla owners were having a truly British Christmas this year by queuing for hours to charge their electric cars.

Several snaking queues have been spotted up and down the UK over the last few days.

Nearly two dozen cars were logjammed at a charging point in a Waitrose parking lot in the Hertfordshire village of South Mims on Christmas Day.

One TikTok user said the Tesla owners were waiting around one hour to charge their cars at the station.

They said: ‘Here they all are queueing up, waiting for an hour or whatever it is for their charging. They’re everywhere.’

Another TikTok video showed countless Tesla vehicles clogging the Tebay Southbound supercharger in Penrith, Cumbria, by the M6 Junction yesterday.


Tesla owners queue for power at Penrith 😂😂😂 (video credit to Craig) #electricvehicle #tesla #savetheplanet

♬ original sound – geoffbuyscars

This small army of @Tesla literally look they are swarming, ready to autopilot their way onto the roads around the @thenec – they look a bit like silent stormtroopers.

Is there a name given to a group of parked #Tesla @elonmusk ?

— Popbangcolour (@Popbangcolour) December 27, 2022

Bedlam @WestmorlandServ Tebay today. 2hr 30m wait for a charge. Worst journey as @Tesla driver. Q now 40 deep! 😕

— Jamie Waters (@thejamiewaters) December 27, 2022

On Twitter, a Tesla car owner parked in Penrith said: ‘Really upsetting to have whole family wait for two hours to charge car.’

Another queue appeared to be forming outside the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham yesterday, according to a Twitter user who described the line as a ‘small army’ that was ‘swarming’ the stadium.

‘They look a bit like silent stormtroopers,’ the user said.

In Westmorland, north-west England, an electric vehicle driver said the scene at a motorway charging station was ‘bedlam’.

‘Two-hour 30-minute wait for a charge,’ he said. ‘Worst journey as [a] Tesla driver. Q now 40 deep!’

A Manchester-based user shared a photo of a dizzying queue of Teslas yesterday.

‘UK services this week have been insanely busy for Tesla charging.

‘Currently car 15 in a queue of over 20 … but you can always rely on the British public to make an orderly queue.’

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