Coal Miners push stranded DC driver’s dead electric car to charge it up at coal mine

Getting stuck on the side of the road may not be a new problem faced by motorists, but some car troubles sting a little more than others as one electric vehicle driving tourist learned Friday on the side of the road in West Virginia.

An unidentified driver was making his way to Davis, West Virginia for a Labor Day weekend getaway from Washington, D.C. Friday when he got stranded on the side of the road having exhausted the charge in the car’s battery. As it happened, the green energy dilemma befell the traveler within walking distance to the nearby Mettiki Coal access road in Tucker County, WV.

West Virginia state Sen. Randy Smith (R), who also happens to be the safety coordinator for Mettiki Coal documented as five of his fellow coal miners came to the aid of the motorist, pushing his car up to the guard shack to recharge his battery.

“Some days are just better than others,” Smith began on Facebook. “Today at our mine off Corridor H an electric car from DC ran out of battery at the road entrance to the mine. Someone called one of our foreman and told him a car was broke down in the middle of our haul road. He went to investigate and found out they had indeed ran out of juice coming from DC to Davis for a get away weekend.”

“He then went back to the mine and got guys to push the car to the guard shack so they could plug in to charge. They couldn’t pull it because it was all plastic underneath and nothing to hook up to,” the state lawmaker explained. “So here are 5 coal miners pushing a battery car to the coal mine to charge up.”

As so often happens with zealots on the left, the slippery slope argument remained out of grasp as the incident was glossed over as a problem that just as readily plagues the typical combustion engine.

While those perspectives were rampant on social media, the missed point remained that even if the infrastructure currently supported the needs of electric vehicles to charge at conveniently spaced locations like gas stations, the grid cannot support a fraction of the demand and even that is currently being micromanaged.

As recently reported, following the demand of California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles in the state by 2035, the state issued a heat bulletin and called upon residents to voluntarily refrain from “using large appliances and charging electric vehicles.”

Of course, Californians weren’t so much asked to volunteer as they were “voluntold” that they needed to unplug from the grid. “Lowering electricity use during that time will ease [the] strain on the system, and prevent more drastic measures, including rotating power outages.”

Any doubts about the state’s willingness to make this power control a standard practice were cast aside when the same day that California had made its demand, the Colorado energy company Xcel took control of roughly 22,000 customers’ thermostats as part of a voluntary program, according to vice president of customer solutions Emmett Romine, locking their air conditioners at 78 or 79 degrees, as reported by ABC 7. Temperatures outside Tuesday were in the 90s for some Xcel customers.

Smith capped off the story by pointing out that one of the men who helped push the vehicle down the road had “even dropped off a Friend of Coal license plate” for the stranded motorist adding the hashtag #Godblesscoalminers.


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