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Tesla Model S keeps AW editor at home

Tue, 04 Dec 2012

The Tesla Model S is faster to 60 mph than a BMW M5. It runs on electricity and has range of more than 200 miles. If you live in California, you'll have access to free supercharging stations. Of course, that all hinges on getting it out of the driveway.

Autoweek editor Rory Carroll is currently 50 miles from the magazine's Detroit office, stranded by the Model S sedan. But it's not a range issue—the car just won't come unplugged at the charging port.

Carroll took to the Twitterverse for help.

Rory Carroll
The Tesla Model S won't release it's charger.

It starts out innocently enough:

@Rory_Carroll: Model S won't release charger. #ModelStranded

@Rory_Carroll: Waiting for #Tesla service center to tell me how to proceed. #ModelStranded

Yahoo's Justin Hyde suggests Contra codes as a solution, while Jalopnik's Matt Hardigree suggests a more practical measure:

@Justin_Hyde: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A

@MattHardigree: Unplug the other end and toss it in the trunk.

@Rory_Carroll: Tried it. Won't move when plugged in.

Jake Lingeman
Stranded Model S.

Then new ideas start rolling in:

@Cars_and_Connor: Tweet Tesla until they send a tech out!

@StickShift_VF: 3 ideas 1) lock and unlock the car, 2) power the vehicle off and on, 3) TESLA TAIL

We're not sure what that last one is, but we hope he tries it.

Then the jokes come:

@cschiff: Is your spaceship broken?

@Rory_Carroll: Yes. Unfortunately it's also my getting to work ship.

A call is also placed from AW offices to Tesla PR.

As of now he's given up, returning to the kitchen table:

@Rory_Carroll: Well, I'm working from home, @TeslaMotors seems to be on the case. #ModelStranded

@Rory_Carroll: Model S=life of luxury. Ate real breakfast, sipping coffee, watching it charge. #ModelStranded

Good luck out there Rory, we'll be watching!

By Jake Lingeman