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.
— Kamie Roesler (@KamieRoeslerTC) September 12, 2019
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.
We *def* don't recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2016
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.
Klock Werks is a motorcycle shop in Mitchell that is dealing with severe flooding. Over the past few days, the shop has been flooded with five feet of water, submerging motorcycles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some of these bikes are extremely rare. pic.twitter.com/Hoof7N72eu
— Dakota News Now (@dakotanews_now) September 12, 2019
Featured photo of Model X by Kyle Field |CleanTechnica
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