Tesla Boat Launch – Not What They Had Planned
Tesla boat launch?
Not what the driver of this Tesla-X planned on as they were dropping off a couple of jet skis in Hollywood, Florida. Here’s the video. But there’s more to this story – listen to the lady talking about what happened in detail:
So the drivers gets a warning from the Tesla X to get out of the car as it loses traction and slides down ramp. But then the doors wont open…fortunately her husband was on the jet ski and got her out as the car sunk. Something else to think about:
Saltwater and electric cars DON’T MIX! Tesla boat launch. Bad Idea.
Not only does the water cause lithium-ion batteries to combust, the minerals left behind after the battery packs dry out can spark fires days or weeks later. The Hollywood Fire Department handled this particular car fire like an unruly toddler, just waiting for it to burn itself out to make sure it wouldn’t cause problems later:
The fire was allowed to burn underwater until it extinguished itself. And even then, it had to be loaded carefully onto a special carrier, and followed by the Fire Engine to the impound lot, where they’ll keep the vehicle isolated for a few days in the very real possibility of re-ignition. EVs have been known to reignite even after the initial fire has been extinguished.
While it is much more likely an internal combustion engine will catch fire than an EV, such battery fires can be particularly difficult to fight. We’ve read for years that firefighters are still working on the best way to treat EV fires…pretty sure that Tesla burned underwater for a couple of days (some say the battery will burn up to five days).
Now while we don’t blame the driver for this one – we do have a list of irritating things drivers do (just in case)