Should you like your new automotive, and also you inform the world you do, what occurs subsequent? As one proprietor of an all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E discovered, you may get demise threats from indignant Tesla house owners.
And the strangest half? This man not solely purchased a Mach-E, however he owns a Tesla, too.
In line with the Detroit Free Press, the net abuse and threats are geared toward 41-year-old Sergio Rodriguez, a navy contractor and U.S. Military veteran. He’s a fan of all issues electrical, and in line with his Twitter web page, that features his 2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV, a self-guided electrical lawnmower, and a 2020 Tesla Mannequin X.
Of that final one, he tweets, “I don’t hate Tesla, I don’t hate my Tesla. I like my Tesla, I’m simply aggravated that it’s not performing as marketed… The vary and haft shafts annoy me. I don’t plan on promoting or dumping it… It’s a magnificence.”
However he has larger reward for his Mach-E, which he drove earlier this yr from California to his dwelling in Georgia, a complete of three,907 km, and at a value of US$159.85 to cost it alongside the way in which. However when he shared his journey on social media, some Tesla followers accused him of being paid by Ford for the publicity.
On-line arguments and accusations seldom keep at a simmer, after all, and extra individuals piled on when somebody posted a narrative concerning the journey to a Fb web page for Tesla house owners. Rodriguez reported that some individuals mentioned they hoped he crashed, or the automotive would catch hearth, and at one level, mentioned about 65 per cent of all posts on the positioning had been bashing him. That was unhealthy sufficient, however he then bought a personal message by Fb from somebody who threatened him, saying “I do know what your Tesla appears like.”
Apparently Rodriguez isn’t the one Mach-E fan to face the wrath of Tesla house owners. He’s heard from different house owners and fanatics, who additionally report receiving on-line abuse after making optimistic feedback. That features Mike Levine, a spokesperson for Ford Motor Firm, who mentioned he’d been attacked on-line after supporting Mach-E house owners on social media (though he does his fair proportion of criticizing Tesla on-line as nicely).
Whereas it’s possible the threats and abuse are coming from only a small minority of Tesla house owners with batteries the place their brains must be, Rodriguez has reported such posts to Twitter and Fb, which have eliminated them. And whereas his Tesla continues to be parked beside his Mach-E, Rodriguez advised the Detroit Free Press that “A part of me needs to do away with my Tesla simply to not have the affiliation” with the net abusers.