Unfortunately for the state of California, those who live there are currently dealing with a nasty blackout. PG&E Corp's has been dealing with this blackout for a few days now, leaving residents across Northern California with no power whatsoever. Because of this, PG&E Corp has turned off electricity to certain parts of the state to stop the possibility of power lines sparking a fire in the event of a windstorm.
One other major issue that's come up during the blackout is being able to use electric vehicles (EVs) before they run out of power. EV giant Tesla is also aware of this issue, too. They recently Tweeted a notice that was appearing on their vehicles' touch screens. This warning was urging drivers to top off the batteries of their Tesla vehicle as soon as possible. Otherwise, the batteries may be ruined.
"A utility company in your area announced they may turn off power in some areas of Northern California beginning October 9 as part of public safety power shutoffs, which may affect power to charging options. We recommend charging your Tesla to 100 per cent today to ensure that your drive remains uninterrupted," the notice read.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk wasn't quiet on the matter. He took to Twitter himself to reveal what all his company was doing to combat the negative effects of the blackout for affected Californians.
"All Tesla Supercharger stations in regions affected by California power outages will have Tesla Powerpacks within next few weeks. Just waiting on permits," Musk Tweeted. He then added in a separate Tweet, "Also adding Tesla Solar to our Supercharger stations as fast as possible. Goal is 24/7 clean power with no blackouts."
It's clear that the California blackout has had negative impacts on multiple fronts. These include the glaringly obvious to the ones that you might not have even thought of. This includes the possibility of being unable to use EVs due to a lack of power. All we can say right now is that we hope that everyone affected by this blackout will be okay. If you're affected by the blackout, please be safe!