Tesla Model S
Previous Story Of Stolen Tesla Tracked With App
There's been a few high-profile stolen Tesla cases, one of which had the car being tracked by police via Tesla's own app.
This stolen Tesla story is a bit different though, in that the owner tracked down the car himself and reacquired it via a short bicycle ride and by use of the spare key.
Here’s the story, via Nicomaco on the Tesla Motors Club forum:
“LOML left her key in our 2014 S60 last night when running an errand. We keep the car in our driveway, and when I woke up this morning and walked outside to bring the trash out, I saw the car was gone. I pulled up the app, saw that it was parked ~1/2 mile away with ~70 miles less charge on the battery than it should have had. Rather than call the cops and wait (maybe not a good decision…), I got on my bike and rode over to where the car was. Sure enough it was parked on the side of the street with nary a scratch on it. I threw the bike in the trunk, hopped in, and drove back home. The car wreaks of pot and the last 30 miles averaged ~460 w-h/mi…
“The thief/joy rider still has one key so we called Tesla and their excellent service department is reprogramming the car/keys right now. I’m also filling a police report just to have everything on record. But I’m very happy to have the car back with no apparent damage, and I’ll never buy another car that doesn’t have a phone app with a locator….”
Probably not the safest way to recover a stolen car, but with Tesla's app, locating a stolen vehicle is usually a breeze. Thieves beware.
Source: Clean Technica