We’ll admit, driving an electric car is slightly different from a regular gasoline-powered vehicle, but the premise is the same. Put it into gear, steer it and use the pedals. That was too much for one would-be carjacker in Texas, though.
A local report published by The Statesman in Austin, Texas, claims a thief was unable to steal a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV because he didn’t know how to drive it. We’ve heard of manual transmissions thwarting thefts, but this is new.
According to the report published last Tuesday, the carjacker approached the driver at a stop sign and demanded he get out of the car. When the driver began to roll his window up, the carjacker smashed the window and wrestled the driver out of the car. The owner backed off noting he “did not want to die over a car.”
What isn’t clear is what the criminal had trouble with. It’s unknown if he actually couldn’t get the car to accelerate or if something else stopped him from taking off. Luckily, a good samaritan came to help the driver, armed with a machete, no less. When the carjacker saw the machete, he ran from the Bolt EV, but the witness chased him until police arrived.