Old habits die hard, especially for first-time electric vehicle (EV) owners. The habit of pulling up at a gas station to fill up your car is hard to shake, as 22-year-old Danielle Wright, a Tesla Model Y driver from the UK, discovered earlier this month.
In an amusing incident captured on camera, Wright was seen pulling up at the pump and frantically trying to locate her vehicle’s fuel filler cap. Holding the fuel nozzle in hand, she circled the car in search of the fuel cap door, only giving up when bystanders repeatedly told her it’s an electric car. The video quickly went viral, with some online commentators calling the Tesla driver dumb and others claiming the video was staged.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk also responded to the video on Twitter, noting that it “happens from time to time” and that “habits die hard.” With over 40 million views, the confused Model Y owner felt compelled to explain why she ended up trying to fill up her EV with gas.
Wright admitted that she was new to electric vehicles and had always driven gasoline cars. She confessed that she was in a hurry that day and wasn’t thinking straight. When she saw the pump, her mind went on autopilot, and she didn’t realize her mistake until someone pointed it out to her.
Wright’s experience serves as a reminder of the challenges many first-time EV owners face when transitioning from gasoline to electric vehicles. Range anxiety, or the fear of running out of power before reaching the destination, is a common concern among new EV drivers.
Electric vehicles have come a long way in terms of range and charging infrastructure, but the technology is still relatively new for many people. As more individuals make the switch to electric, education and awareness are crucial to ensure safe and efficient operation of their vehicles.
Ultimately, Wright’s mistake underscores the importance of learning from our errors and moving forward. Electric vehicles offer a cleaner, more sustainable form of transportation, and as more people make the switch, we can anticipate a brighter, greener future for all.