Has your gas-guzzling SUV ever sent you a message telling you a specific time when you are not allowed to fill your vehicle with gas? Because Tesla owners are getting messages informing them of when NOT to charge their electric vehicles during California's "flex alert," which is where Californians are told when they can and cannot use electricity.
Last week, Californians
were "advised" by the non-profit American Public Power Association
to set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, turn off unnecessary lights and avoid using large appliances and charging electric vehicles. It was ironic because, only days earlier, unelected government bureaucrats in California announced a ban on gas-powered cars by 2035.
California's governor decreed the "flex alert" official.
CALIFORNIA: We’re now in a Flex Alert.
What does that mean? We all need to conserve as much energy as possible during this record breaking heatwave.
Here’s what to do until 9pm tonight:
- Set thermostats to 78
- Turn off unnecessary lights
- Avoid using large appliances
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom)
September 7, 2022
Shortly thereafter, Tesla owners were sent a message TO THEIR CARS, warning them and suggesting they obey. Yes, the cars that their owners were foolishly under the impression they owned.
"The current heat wave is expected to stress California's grid this weekend. Use the Scheduled Departure setting to ensure your vehicle is charged and preconditioned to your preferences at time of departure, while avoiding charging during higher price evening hours between 4-9 PM."