A man driving a Hyundai SUV with California license plates pointed his gun at a Tesla Model 3 owner while on an Oregon highway. The entire meeting was filmed by the Tesla dashcam of the Model 3.
The Model 3 owner was on his way to Salem to pick up his wife when the Hyundai SUV pulled up beside him. Then the Hyundai driver pointed a small gun at the Model 3 owner for no apparent reason. According to Wham Baam Teslacam, the Tesla driver simply ignored the man with the gun to calm the situation, which seemed to work after a while.
Although the reasons for the actions of the SUV driver are unknown, this is not the first time that an electric car owner has been subjected to rather dangerous behavior from other drivers on the road. Aggressive behavior, towards Tesla owners in particular, has already been observed. For example, EV owners have reported coal rolling incidents in the past. However, drivers against battery electric vehicles generally do not have threatening behavior like the man in the Hyundai SUV.Coal hauling appears to be the usual course of action for those against the EV transition. Coal rolling involves emitting large amounts of gray / black smoke into the air by modifying a diesel engine to increase the amount of fuel entering the engine. Some drivers who are adamant supporters of the internal combustion engine have engaged in coal-rolling practices to express their contempt for battery-electric vehicles, and even hybrids.
Tesla, who many can claim to be the primary company that sparked the resurgence of the electric vehicle revolution, appears to be the number one target for drivers who do not seem to accept that electric cars have entered the auto industry. Many Tesla owners have experienced coal rolling firsthand.
However, coal taxiing can only be disturbing or frustrating at most, given the effort and thought behind the act. Pointing a gun at a Tesla owner seems like a whole new level of disdain that could have dire consequences if replicated by others.
Watch the video of this Tesla dashcam taken from the encounter below.