FACT CHECK: Did Electric Cars Recently Break Down On Snow-Covered German Road?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows a recent photo of electric cars that ran out of power during a snowstorm in Germany.

Verdict: False

The caption is inaccurate. The photo dates back to 2011.

Fact Check:

Norway’s traffic safety regulators the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is looking into suspension failures of Tesla’s Model S and X,  Reuters reported. The inquiry could result in a recall of the vehicles.

The Twitter post purports electric cars were covered in snow after breaking down in Germany. The post shares a photo of a highway full of cars, many with their windshield wipers elevated.

The caption reads, “Many highways in Germany are blocked due to electric vehicles running out of power in the cold. Even normal cars are stuck between electric vehicles, they cannot get around empty vehicles. Similar problems are also seen in the Czech Republic.”

The claim is inaccurate. The photo dates back to Feb. 2011 when a massive snowstorm hit Chicago, MPR News reported. The photo also appeared on Alarmy, an online stock-photo website and is labeled as the 2011 storm in Chicago.

Germany has seen severe snowstorms in recent weeks, according to Fox. Recent reports indicate that it had 1-2 feet of snow throughout southern Germany.  (RELATED: Video Of Pakistani Air Force Is Old)

This is not the first piece of misinformation that has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim former President Donald Trump delivered a larger tax cut than former President Ronald Reagan.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter