Friday, November 8, 2013

And In Other Car News...

*Yawn*

Brad_in_MA sends in another story of a Tesla emulating a Buddhist monk...

Yet another Model S fire puts heat on Tesla
A third battery fire involving a Tesla Model S is once again raising questions about the safety of the popular but controversial electric car.
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The latest incident happened Wednesday afternoon in Murfreesboro, Tenn., when a Model S drove over a tow hitch in the road that apparently punctured the vehicle's battery compartment.
Third fire in six weeks. Because it ran over something in the road. Yeah, I'm thinking that this is a design flaw, not a random event. The folks at Tesla, bless their hearts, are pulling the full Chip Diller and claiming that there's nothing wrong with the design. The unspoken second part of that is that it's perfectly normal for a car to burst into flames after hitting something in the road.

Folks, I've driven a Buick Regal in the middle of a hunting blind, ripping half the oil pan off and then driving it home afterwards. While it probably shortened the life of the Buick, it didn't burst into flames. If hitting an object in the road causes your vehicle to burn to the ground, that's something wrong. That's a design flaw. Continuing to pretend that this is perfectly normal, while bashing gasoline-powered cars that DON'T routinely burst into flames, isn't going to win you any fans...

You know, especially when you're talking about a car that's auditioning to be the next drummer for Spinal Tap...

That is all.

11 comments:

Ted said...

It's perfectly normal for several different Italian cars. ..... And just like thoose Italian cars, you can't expect to be able to drive a Tesla on a daily basis They are supposed to sit on your newly raked gravel driveway in front of the weekend house, so all your guests can see how environmentally friendly you are

RabidAlien said...

My first car was a Ford Escort (bought new, back in '94...couldn't afford anything else), I noticed at one point in its life that it wasn't showing anything more than 1/4 tank of gas. Took it to a garage, they threw it on a lift...then brought me back and pointed out the massive dent in the gas tank shield and the small puncture in the gas tank. I'd driven around for a week with it like that, with no unexpected fires or Jerry-Bruckheimer-esque explosions or anything.

And yes, my sense of smell sucks. I already knew that.

Stretch said...

"a Tesla emulating a Buddhist monk..."

DAMN! Someone has graduated from the Tam School of Snark with a P. H. friggin' D.

Armed Texan said...

Gasoline and, particularly, diesel are the most energy dense, stable, safe energy storage methods. I'll consider buying an electric car when that car has only a small battery pack and an on-board electrical generator (probably a micro-turbine).

Dave H said...

Armed Texan: How do you feel about nuclear fission?

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JD said...

Why do folks assume that because it is a battery it is safe? This car is probably run by a big ass Li Ion battery and if anything shorts it out either externally or by punching a hole in it something is going to go up in flames quick. there is a TON of energy stored in there folks. just be happy it didn't explode, they do that to. . .
And yes, I do know too much about batteries, I work with them for a living. . .

Dave H said...

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NUGUN said...

While I believe there is room for improvement. A couple of thoughts...

The rate of fire incidents is actually below that of gasoline vehicles. That said, how many of those ICE incidents are newer cars - that I don't know.

In incidents #1 & #3, said vehicles hit large heavy metal objects. I believe #3 was a tow hitch. Which punctured the 1/2" armor plate protecting the batteries.

#2 my understanding it involved a vehicle hitting a pedestrian barrier, going airborn and hitting a wall and a tree with enough force to knock the wheel off the axle.

So while I think there are some improvements to be made, I am really eying this with the possibility of being able to buy a stock I missed out on originally.

Crotalus said...

Ya know, Tesla is most noted for his coil. Lots'a lightning with that. S'pose something is sparking the batteries into ignition?

dustydog said...

Not to excuse Tesla, but 3 in a week motorcyclists hitting something in the road and totaling the bike gets a 'yeah, so?'