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“Electric cars are fair game”: Tesla vandalised by climate activists

Group calling itself the Tyre Extinguishers has deflated the tyres of a Tesla Model Y while its owner was out walking the dog, prompting an investigation by the police

Tesla Model Y - rear

Looking to buy an electric car to help the planet? Well, even doing that might not keep you safe from radical climate protestors. The owner of a Tesla Model Y has recently had his car vandalised by a notorious band of eco-vandals.

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The perpetrators, a group that calls itself the Tyre Extinguishers, left a note on a Tesla owner’s windscreen wiper, informing them of the act which was committed while he was out walking his dog.

The note stated that “SUVs are the second-largest cause of the rise in CO2 emissions over the past decade”. This is despite the fact that the Tesla Model Y is an electric car, which has been proven to emit significantly less carbon dioxide over the course of its life than a traditional petrol vehicle.

Speaking to the BBC, the owner said: "It's ironic, because I was trying to do the right thing by buying an electric car.

“It's ridiculous and inconvenient. I get why [climate activism] is happening, but I'm not seeing the point of this."

The Tyre Extinguishers, however, doubled-down on their position, stating that EVs also contribute to global CO2 emissions throughout their production. They also commented that SUVs – electric or not – are a risk to public safety. Of course, this is despite the fact the Tesla Model Y has the highest Euro NCAP safety rating of any production car, ever – a test which considers the safety of pedestrians, as well as occupants

Avon and Somerset Police has urged anyone with CCTV footage of the act that took place in Clifton, Bristol to come forward in order to aid with the investigation.

This isn’t the first time an EV has been targeted by climate protests, though; the Tyre Extinguishers continually report their ‘disarming’ of SUVs – including electric ones – on their social media channels. More recently, the group has also encouraged others to pour lentils into the tyre inflation valves of SUVs, an act that could destroy the tyre completely.

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Hello there, I’m Tom Jervis and I have the pleasure of being the Content Editor here at DrivingElectric. Before joining the team in 2023, I spent my time reviewing cars and offering car buying tips and advice on DrivingElectric’s sister site, Carbuyer. I also continue to occasionally contribute to the AutoExpress magazine – another of DrivingElectric’s partner brands. In a past life, I worked for the BBC as a journalist and broadcast assistant for regional services in the east of England – constantly trying to find stories that related to cars!

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