Tesla Model X Drives Through Flood Like A Boss

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Originally published on X Auto.
by Iqtidar Ali | @IqtidarAlii

As some Michell, South Dakota, streets were engulfed in water a couple of feet deep, a local resident driver decided that was not enough to stop a Tesla Model X from crossing the small street river like a boss.

While the KSFY News reporter Colton Molesky was recording news about a flooded street, a white Tesla Model X appeared in the background and crossed the water-filled street without any hesitation. Many viewers and commenters on social media were wondering what type of car this was.

Well, as you know, this is a Tesla electric SUV that does not have an engine or transmission. We had to explicitly explain this to some of the viewers — even many Americans don’t know about Teslas or EVs much yet. Especially in the Midwest, there is a need for more awareness campaigns.

Although Elon Musk once said that a Tesla can become a boat for a short while and provide thrust via wheel rotation, it’s definitely not recommended by the automaker, as we have also seen a Tesla Model S drowned and totaled in a river in China.

Tesla owners can have their car warranty void if found indulging in such behavior seen in the above video. Also, a plethora of troubles can stem out of driving a Tesla in such conditions, because you never know the height of the water or if there is a hidden hole created in the damaged road.

Besides this Model X news, the flooding did some significant damage to a classic motorcycle shop named Klock Werks in the same area, also reported by ABC KSFY News. The shop held some rare motorbikes.

Featured photo of Model X by Kyle Field |CleanTechnica

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