Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday criticized the Texas power grid operator for being unreliable after millions of residents were without power during a historic winter storm that brought record freezing temperatures to the state.
Musk tweeted that the state energy agency, the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), “is not earning that R”
In December, the billionaire moved from California to Austin, where he is building a new Tesla factory.
Meanwhile, Texans posted on social media that they slept in their Tesla cars to keep warm on cold nights.
In 2019, Tesla launched a vehicle with a “Camp Mode” feature that allows owners to use the car’s climate control for more than a day without draining the battery.
“Last night the power went out for 6 hours. Our house has no gas and we run out of firewood. . . What are we going to do? ”Wrote a Reddit user on the r / TeslaMotors forum.
“So my wife, my dog, and my newborn daughter slept in the garage of our Model3, all nice and cozy. If I didn’t have this car, it would have been a very hard night, “added the user.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘”I slept in the Tesla LOL. Quite comfortable. More importantly, warm. “
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Announced Tuesday called for an investigation into the power company “anything but reliable” after more than four million residents had to endure freezing temperatures during the blackout.
ERCOT said power had been restored to 600,000 homes and businesses Tuesday night, but nearly three million still had no power.
Officials did not provide a clear timeline for when power would be fully restored.
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