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.
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