Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Ironically, Mercedes Bursts Into Flames In Crash With Tesla

One of the media-driven freakouts (or clickbait themes) for a while was the potential for Tesla battery packs to catch on fire. Yes, batteries can catch on fire, but so can tanks of gasoline. In fact, Tesla does a much better job of preventing fires and containing them if they happen via various safety measures. And now, unfortunately, there’s an image to capture the irony of the the media’s illogical “Tesla fire” hype.

It’s copyrighted, so I can’t share it, but you can check it out right here.

Steve Hanley of sister site Gas2 dug up these old stats from Elon back when Tesla fires were all the rage, to help point out how much safer Teslas are in such instances: “Elon Musk says that nationwide, vehicle fires occur once every 20 million miles driven. But the risk of a vehicle fire in a Tesla is 80% less — one per 100 million miles. That was back in 2013. Tesla has taken measures to reduce that risk even further since then.”

Overall, the Tesla Model S and Model X are by far the safest car and SUV ever mass-produced in the US. It’s hard to justify a non-Tesla in the large sedan or SUV category … and the thing is, why would you justify it? Greater safety, greater acceleration, continuous over-the-air improvements, one-pedal driving, a smooth and quiet ride, and free long-distance charging all come with a Tesla. What does the competition offer? Cupholders?

But hey, we each have our own priorities and preferences.


Owner Of Burnt Tesla Model S Wants Another

No Injuries In Tesla Model S Fire — Contained In Front Trunk

Tesla Model S Safety & Tesla Mission Published In Must-Read Blog From CEO/Founder Elon Musk

Story About How The Tesla Model S Deals With Extreme Damage & Communicates With The Driver

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.


You May Also Like

Clean Transport

January marked an impressive rebound for Tesla’s stock, leaving some investors wondering what could come next. For now, many are appreciating profits as a...


The UK auto market saw plugin electric vehicles (EVs) take 20.0% share of new sales in January, flat from 20.4% year on year. Full...


Used Tesla vehicles have dropped in price in recent months, causing many prospective buyers to consider buying one with a lower price tag and...


In this article, I explain that Tesla has dropped its lease pricing so much that it costs the same to lease a Tesla Model...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.