30. April 2019 by Guest Contributor
Portugal is experiencing a serious oil crisis – fuel truck drivers are on strike, hundreds of gas stations are closed and the situation is deteriorating. Even flight operations are affected in this crisis.
|A Tesla Model 3 roaming is worry-free on the roads in Portugal while ICE cars are waiting in long lines outside petrol stations (video below).|
A Tesla Model 3 owner recorded the recording of Portugal's grave situation where hundreds of petrol / diesel powered vehicles are stationed on the roads in Lisbon, waiting for gas to arrive – massive gas shock has struck the country while Tesla and other electric cars shining like stars. According to Reuters :
An energy crisis was declared by the government on Tuesday night, which means that security and emergency services now have priority in refueling at gas stations. In addition, a warning was issued to ensure that security forces are mobilized to fuel and guarantee people's security.
Throughout the country, panic drivers pushed the queue outside gas stations to fill their minds. More than 200 gas stations were already closed.
The fuel company Prio, operating in Portugal, told the news agency Lusa that it was expected that almost half of the stations would run out of gas or diesel by the end of the day. 19659013] @Lourencovc shared a video of hundreds of petrol cars waiting to be refilled while driving his Tesla Model 3, which released him for this concern. He said in his tweet:
There is a big gas crisis in Portugal because of a truck driver strike. Getting home is this scenario. An infinite line to the gas station. It can affect all of us if it's not resolved soon, but at least it's good to know that Model 3 has nothing to worry about.
Let's just see for 10 seconds how it feels to be free of the big oil clutches, really liberating.
Video of a Tesla Model 3 roaming worry-free on the roads in Portugal while ICE cars are waiting in long lines outside the gas stations (Video Credits: @ lourencovc ] via X Auto / Iqtidar Ali)
Perhaps you are thinking now, "what if Portugal's electricity used to charge Teslas / EV depends on oil?" No, a large part is dependent on renewable energy and by 2020 54% of Portugal's energy production comes from renewable sources – solar, water, wind and biomass combined (read more on Wikipedia).
According to Model 3 owner:
Actually, in Portugal, my power bill is around 68% renewable energy. But you can actually subscribe to a green plan where all energy is 100% renewable. We have had a few days a year completely run on renewable energy.
It was remarkable when Tesla started its massive model 3 transfer to Europe. Although I am not sure of accurate EV statistics in Portugal, other countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Belgium have been affected by the electric vehicle revolution already.
If even 50% of Portugal's cars were electric, this situation would not have escalated to a national level disaster. For this purpose, this is the time when governments around the world need to rethink their strategy against EV decisions.
Tesla's electric vehicles have already proved useful in various times of crisis, such as last year's California fire traps, where Tesla Bioweapon Defense mode helped save more people. After all, you can't run into firefighters with a tank full of gasoline.