Tesla's Model S may have taken the world by storm, but one Atlanta woman's vehicle was taken out by a storm.
Sarah Day was charging her Model S at a Supercharger near Columbus, Georgia, when a lightning bolt struck nearby. Once Day realized her dash camera stopped working, Day realized something went wrong. She explained what happened next in an interview with Teslarati:
Though Tesla sent a tow-truck, the Model S was unable to be disconnected from the charging station. The sunroof was also stuck halfway. Thus Day's vehicle had to be left at the station, until a technician could service the vehicle onsite.
Sarah's day wasn't entirely rained out. She raved about Tesla's "amazing," "responsive" customer service, who first offered to pay for a rental vehicle to return home. Opting to remain in the same city as her vehicle, Day was then asked if she'd like to be put up in a hotel, with expenses and transportation paid for.
Tesla's service centre has sent a technician to safely disconnect the vehicle's power cable and bring it in. Tesla told Day that each Supercharger "has multiple relays and sensors to protect the cars from surges," and the vehicle may have sensed the voltage spike and disconnected everything as a precaution.
Could it be Edison's vengeful ghost? Is this Ben Franklin's endorsement? Heaven only knows.
What we do know is that Tesla is hoping that its upcoming Model X crossover will as successful as the Model S. Perhaps lightning will strike twice?
Wheels for the week: 2020 Toyota Corolla XLE. We'll be taking this one on a trip to Virginia and testing out how close to the 37mpg highway rating we'll get. It's equipped with Toyota Safety Sense which means I'll have radar cruise control for the trip (Yay!). The shocking part is the price: $28,084 for a Corolla that doesn't even have the biggest engine. But it's got heated seats, so that will keep Albert Maisto happy.