A pickup truck driver has been charged for harassing a Tesla owner thanks to the Model 3’s eight cameras that provide 360 degrees of video coverage around the vehicle, reported Electrek.
Youtuber Arti999, recently published the video titled Truck driver gets charges after harrasing Tesla Model 3 onto YouTube showing the incident.
He said, “The gentleman in this white truck decided to tailgate, pull into the shoulder to intimidate, give me the finger, call me a “Tesla fag,” and run a red without stopping.”
Arti999 said that he submitted the video to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which according to him, RCMP charged the truck driver late last week for “tailgating, crossing a solid line and running a red. $800 lesson for this gem of a driver.”
Electrek said there have been other reports of pickup truck drivers lashing out towards Tesla owners, usually resulting in some form of road-rage.
Last year, a bunch of hillbillies in Hickory, North Carolina, staged a protest with their lifted-trucks blocking a Supercharger station.
Tesla owner and Reddit user Leicina captured the incident and said:
“I’ve never had a supercharging experience like this one. These trucks blocked all the chargers, chanted “F” Tesla, and were kicked out by a Sheetz employee.”
Electrek reported last month that truck drivers who modify their exhaust have been “rolling coal” on Teslas across the US, which basically means black sooty exhaust fumes pour out of the truck’s modified exhaust system onto the electric car.
The EV transportation magazine said people who target electric cars with their diesel exhaust are “reaching a whole new level of redneck douchebaggery.”
Leilani Münter, a race car driver and Tesla owner, tweeted last December about how she periodically gets targeted by truck drivers trying to roll coal on her Tesla.
This is scary. I’ve been coal-rolled in my Tesla by several trucks in NC, the drivers were hostile. If you don’t know what it is google “Stephen Colbert Coal Rolling.” One day these conflicts will end very badly. @Tesla @hickorypd @StephenAtHome @cleanairNC @cleanenergyorg @CMPD https://t.co/Gd6S6SOhNB
— Leilani Münter (@LeilaniMunter) December 23, 2018
Truck drivers rolling coal on electric or hybrid cars started back in the early 2000s with the Toyota Prius.
It seems that diehard diesel truck drivers have lots of hatred towards electric vehicles. Thanks to Tesla’s eight cameras – more of these incidents will be caught on camera and uploaded onto YouTube.
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