Tesla Model S can drive through various geographic terrains, including swimming while being submerged in water
When electric transport was initially introduced to the market, many people were concerned what would happen to an electric vehicle (EV) swapped under water during a flood or after a storm. There has been a misconception that a battery-driven vehicle (EV) could be damaged much more than a fuel-driven vehicle in such situations.
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) vehicles can drive across various geographical terrains but not many had an idea how it would perform if flooded with water. There is a video in which the automaker’s all-electric sedan, the Model S, is driving (more like swimming) past internal combustion engine (ICE) cars in a flooded tunnel in Russia. This would alleviate that misconception that EVs may underperform in such situation.
Here’s the video of a Russian Model S owner swerving right and left like the top-selling European luxury vehicle is a wet dog coming out of the water:
Certainly, water is bad for any kind of car or electronics and mechanical device. A driver would never want the entire undercarriage of their automobile to be submerged; no matter if it includes an exhaust line or large number of battery cells in a pack.
The battery pack of the Model S is completely sealed that shields it against variety of things including water’ though, there can be a lot of complications from submerging the sedan. Additionally, vehicle warranties, including that of Teslas, or insurance usually do not cover any damages due to driving a vehicle through a flooded street.
It is advisable that a driver should avoid submerging their vehicle under water if it is possible and if they are while the vehicle is operating, it would be better not to require any air intake.
In 2012, Fisker Automotive lost $30 million worth of luxury vehicles due to Hurricane Sandy at Port Newark. Over 3,000 Fisker Karmas, plug-in hybrid worth about $10,000, were destroyed during the disaster. Although the automaker advertised the vehicle as an EV, it was more of a fuel-powered vehicle than a zero emission vehicle.
We reported last week that 11 teams of owners of EV, including the Model S, are on a “80eDays” challenge to tour around the world in 80 days. The campaign started by EV enthusiasts is aimed to increase EV awareness and show the technology could cover different geographic terrain, from Alps mountain ranges in Europe to the Gobi Desert in Central Asia.