In California, Tesla warns its customers not to charge their cars at certain times due to the heat wave and local energy limitations. A problem that could become more and more frequent.
The heat wave is breaking records around the world and pushing the temperature above 50°C in some parts of the world. In Europe, the first half of August was the second hottest on record, but this is nothing compared to the extreme temperatures that can be felt in Baghdad, Basra, Dubai or Death Valley in the United States. In fact, the Death Valley in the United States recently reportedly recorded the highest temperature peak ever reliably recorded by humans, at 54.4° C.
Trying to make the situation liveable...
While the hottest spot is Furnace Creek, the whole of California is obviously affected by very high temperatures and people are trying to cope as best they can, often with the help of air conditioners. However, these units are particularly power-hungry, overloading the electrical grid.
In response, Governor Gavin Newsom therefore called on Californians to restrict, among other things, their use of household appliances between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. so that the state can meet the high energy demand.
Tesla participates in the effort
For its part, Tesla has sent a message to its vehicles asking drivers to reduce the charge in their electric cars "if possible" between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., either on the Superchargers or at home.
The message also warns that utilities are cutting power in some areas partly to prevent possible forest fires, which could affect some Superchargers.
Tesla's message in the event of a California heat wave
The message displayed on Tesla screens in California // Source : unequal_equilibrium on Reddit