Shoppers furious as Tesla car runs out of battery and blocks carpark for 3 hours

Shoppers were outraged after a Tesla which ran out of battery on a car park entry ramp for Britain's biggest shopping centre blocked the cars behind it for three hours.

Enraged with the hold up at London's Westfield Shopping Centre on Wednesday evening, a shopper called Henry took to Reddit to share pictures of the scene and vent his frustration.

He said: "Perfect, a Tesla ran out of battery and stopped at the ramp of a 5 storey car park at Westfield. It has been three hours and counting."

One of the pictures he shared showed a tailback of cars looping around the sloped spiral exit ramp, reports MyLondon.

Another picture showed the apparently stricken black Tesla Model S pulled over to the side of the ramp, though still without enough room for other cars to pass.

According to Tesla, the car has 360 miles of range when fully charged, so it is tough to run out without reaching a charging point.

This was the point other users on the forum were making, stating how there’s “no excuse” to run out of battery.

One person wrote: "Considering the huge range these cars have, there’s really no excuse for this.”

"Especially as the cars still have quite a bit of range (10-20 miles) even after hitting 0%. The driver had plenty of warning," another agreed.

A third said: "Westfield even has a large capacity tesla charging station lol.

"But yeah like others say over 3 hours is bad management imo. Get an extension lead at that point. A standard wall plug adds 6-10 miles an hour. So just 10 mins to give it a full mile to drive to a parking spot (likely with charging) is needed."

Others were less damning of the driver, one writing: "Same for running out of petrol I guess. It happens."

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"The management team rumbling about their solution and basically there is nothing they can do. At the end, all the cars reversed out from a 5 storey winding ramp. Fab day."

The Reddit user also added that attempts to tow the car out had failed.

A spokesperson for Westfield said: "A customer’s Tesla vehicle broke down on the entry ramp of the car park at around 6pm due to an empty battery.

"Westfield London’s car park team assisted the broken down vehicle and guided 10 vehicles that were behind the Tesla around it.

"Tesla car park assistance then arrived on site to support the broken down vehicle."

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