The driver, a British YouTuber identified as Tom Exton, said the incident occurred Thursday while he was driving the Model Y. He said he had owned it for only five days at the time.
The car had ordered him to pull over because it was in the process of “shutting down” and the Tesla tapped him inside, said Exton, a car collector.
“All power to the car was gone,” Exton added. “I couldn’t open the door by conventional means, so I had to use the emergency manual override latch on the door.”
He had only driven the car, which had shown an almost full charge, for 15 minutes before the incident, he said.
To get out, Exton followed Tesla’s emergency instructions, including lifting the “mechanical release handle located near the window switches.”
“Safe to say horror stories of @Tesla cars being appalling seem true,” Exton tweeted. “Brand new fully charged car just cut out on the motorway. Had to use emergency door release to get out, which somehow broke the drivers window. S*** show @elonmusk.”
“There’s a reason they punted so many out the door on cheap lease deals,” he added. “Do yourself a favour and get a Polestar. Or anything other than a Tesla.”