Elon Musk Suits Up For Tesla Model S Fire (VIDEO)

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Originally published on EV Obsession.

I can’t recall ever seeing Tesla CEO, Chairman, and Product Architect Elon Musk wearing a suit. That is, before watching the video below. One of the biggest “hits” to Tesla this year has been the fire that erupted in a Tesla Model S about a month ago. Naturally, there’s some positive spin to this. For example, this allowed Tesla to point out that you’re 5 times more likely to have the car you’re driving in catch fire if it’s a gasmobile than if it’s a Tesla, that the Tesla Model S is designed in such a safe way that the fire never extended into the car and the driver was notified to pull over and call the fire department right away without him having to frenetically do so, that the car has the highest safety rating of any car ever tested in North America, that the owner of that Model S actually went and bought himself another Model S, and more.

Still, a lot of damage control has been needed due to the absurd amount press coverage that has gone towards this single car fire (as opposed to the other 150,000 car fires per year reported by the National Fire Protection Association). So, Elon Musk answered some questions about it on Bloomberg TV… and even wore a suit! Check it out:

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15 thoughts on “Elon Musk Suits Up For Tesla Model S Fire (VIDEO)

  • So now it’s just down to 2.5 times safer than a regular ICE cars when it comes to fire. The Volt on the other hand is now 10 times safer than Tesla when it comes to fire incidence. The Volt so far has only 1 severely delayed fire on an intentionally totalled car that gives its passenger two weeks to get out before it caught fire. The Volt has a total of 488 million miles driven to date.

    • We don’t know that it was a Tesla. You can apparently hear them say it is a VW in the clip. Apparently it was a stunt to get as much coverage as possible and has been withdrawn.

      Still it could have been. Many more stats are needed before we can say 5 to 1 or 10 to 1 or .5 to 1. The vehicle is on full warranty for 8 years and is expected to last 10 years with the same set of batteries. So You could say we have at most 1/10th of the cars life cycle under examination so far.

      • It was a Tesla. It got pierced from the bottom in a freak accident running over a weird shaped steel beam. Mind you the battery pack actually prevented the object going into the car. My BMW has only polymer drenched cardboard and 1 mm steel sheeting as a barrier. I might have been impaled.

        The car apparently only started burning properly after the firemen did what they do, put holes in the top and fill it with water. This will go away as soon as they get their briefings on how to deal with electric cars.

        Never the less, this was a worst case scenario and nothing really bad happened. I am now more happy then before of getting one of those cars, multiple cells pierced and the car could still move to safety and no fire reached into the cabin. What more can you ask?

    • The problem is that people love to drive the model S. They love that it can go from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds. They love its power, its low center gravity, so I think they drive it a little more reckless. One article says the car was airborne before the crash. So the number of Tesla accidents is probably higher than other cars, but I’m just glad that in every case the driver can walk away uninjured.

      I think this is why Elon pushes for autopilot. A collision avoidance feature could have prevented this accident.

      • Then you should compare it to other 60-90k sports cars. Since they would be driven the same way 😉

      • Probably took it off traction control too. More sound effects when still touching ground…

  • Elon you are our hero! Now PLEASE go sort out Obamacare.

    • There’s nothing wrong with Obamacare.

      It’s just a slow news period and Republicans, as usual, are doing everything they can do to harm Democratic presidents.

      The software should have been better but in the long run everyone will have all the time they need to sign up for coverage which won’t start until January 1. And even if a lot of people wait until the end of December and jam the system up again no one will penalized as long as they get around to signing up by Spring.

      Tempest in a friggin’ teapot.

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