The BMW driver had a lucky escape after accidentally driving through a barrier and into a river.
Despite the SUV being almost completely submerged, it is said that the female driver managed to get out unharmed.
It is believed that he thought the EV was in park mode and accidentally hit the accelerator, which sent the vehicle into a barrier and into the water.
According to witnesses, the BMW IX3 was parked in Portmill Lane West Car Park, which sits next to the river.
Witness Casey Gutteridge, 32, said: ‘The only thing I heard was someone saying the woman hadn’t had a car for a long time.
‘One minute he was in the car and the next minute he was in the water.
‘With electric cars you don’t even know they’re driving sometimes. I think he didn’t have a car for a long time and this happened.
‘We were passing by and saw a lot of sirens. We parked and within a minute or two we saw the car in the water.
‘There were two traffic cops watching from a distance which was very funny.
‘Apparently it was released about three or four hours later. I think because it’s electric they have to make sure it’s OK.
‘It is very fortunate that no one was injured. Many families use the path along the river.’
Hertfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and the car was lifted and placed on a recovery lorry just before 7pm.
In a similar situation, a man in Norway thought his Tesla was in park mode earlier this month and he unfortunately drove it into a freezing fjord.
Fortunately, and rather unusually, he and the passengers were saved by the floating sauna.
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