Iced out! Furious Tesla owners share videos of their cars failing to work in harsh winter snowstorm as arctic temperatures freeze doors shut

  • Rachel Modestino, a meteorologist from Canada, was locked out of her Tesla on December 23 after a massive winter storm last week 
  • Modestino shared a now viral video of her car that was partially frozen
  • Temperatures in Ontario hit a low of five degrees on Friday 

Furious Tesla owners have complained about being locked out of their car after their door handles froze shut during a massive winter storm in Canada and the US. 

Rachel Modestino, a meteorologist from Ontario, was unable to get into her sleek black Tesla when her door latch wouldn’t budge on December 23 when temperatures hit a low of five degrees Fahrenheit.

Modestino posted a now-viral video with more than 10.1 million views of her struggle as the car was partially covered in ice. 

‘Bet ya didn’t think of ice in the Tesla design,’ Modestino wrote in the Tweet.

Rachel Modestino, a meteorologist from Canada, was locked out of her Tesla on December 23 after a massive winter storm last week. Modestino shared a now viral video of her car that was partially frozen

Modestino was quickly met with Tesla critics coming to her aid to complain about her problem while others offered her advice on how to open her car, including using an app on her phone that will unlatches the door for her.

‘You shouldn’t need to use Twitter to learn how to use your expensive car,’ one person wrote. 

‘You shouldn’t need a car cover to get into your expensive car. Every other car company has had this figured out for decades but people just keep making excuses for Tesla because they’re in the cult of Elon. ‘ 

The meteorologist responded to the contentious anti-Elon Musk and Tesla thread to clarify she was simply showing off her dilemma rather than critiquing Musk. 

Modestino was quickly met with Tesla critics coming to her aid to complain about Elon Musk and the car company – but she quickly reassured that she loved her Tesla 

‘OKAY, this went off… Not meant to dig Elon (I love my car),’ Modestino wrote. ‘Only tweeted because I thought it was a silly flaw for the price. 

‘I learnt: unlatch capability, defrost longer, be less gentle with your 2nd baby & car covers. Ty for the help, be kind, Merry Christmas.’ 

Meanwhile, other people took an aim at criticizing Modestino for paying nearly $50,000 for a car but not having a garage to put it in.

‘If you have a tesla you should have enough money to have it in a garage,’ one person wrote.

To which Modestino responded: ‘Okay but I don’t.’  

Domenick Nati, a Virginia radio personality, revealed how his Tesla S will not charge in the extreme cold weather

Nati documented what happened when he tried to charge his EV on Saturday in a TikTok video

Meanwhile, Modestino wasn’t the only Tesla owner struggling with her vehicle during the Christmas holiday. 

Domenick Nati, 44, Tesla owner in Virginia, was forced to cancel his Christmas plans with his son after his electric vehicle failed to charge during the winter storm. 

Nati told Business Insider how he plugged his Tesla S into a supercharger in Lynchburg on Friday as temperatures hovered below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. 

But as the hours went by, the percentage charge dipped as the temperature got lower, before the car stopped charging altogether.

He then tried again on Christmas Eve, but after a few hours of nothing happening, he decided to abandon his car at the lot and get a ride home.

Nati tried to charge his Tesla S at home, but had no luck there either.

So he went back out on Christmas Eve, and posted a video to TikTok of his efforts to get the car to charge.

Nati said he tried to contact Tesla for help, but did not receive an answer. 

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