Charged Up

Tesla Screens Flash Warning: Charge Your Cars Before CA Blackout

byVictor Tangermann
10. 9. 19

What happens to electric cars when the power goes out?

Historic Blackout

California electric utility company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is about to shut off power for almost a million people in the Bay Area in an effort to prevent wildfires. And electric car company Tesla is pushing a message onto its cars display consoles: charge your cars before it’s too late.

“A utility company in your area announced they may turn off power in some areas of Northern California beginning October 9 as part of public safety power shutoffs, which may affect power to charging stations,” a Tesla warning read, according to Teslarati. “We recommend charging your Tesla to 100% today to ensure your drive remains uninterrupted.”

Five Days

PG&E is planning to turn the power completely off for five long days, giving some of its customers only a single day to prepare for living without power.

It’s unclear how many Tesla Superchargers in the area will be affected, but electric car owners will likely have a hard time finding a place to charge.


You’re My Powerwall

As for those lucky enough to own a Tesla Powerwall 2 — that massive lithium-ion battery pack that can power your home — the power outage won’t be as dire as it could be.

Tesla has already activated “Storm Watch” on affected Powerwalls, a feature that tells the battery pack to charge to its maximum capacity in preparation for power outages.

READ MORE: Tesla prepares EV owners, Powerwall customers for CA’s historic power outages [Teslarati]

More on the outage: California Is Cutting Power For Nearly a Million Homes


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