Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What's Green and Red and Orange All Over?

Why, a flaming Tesla, of course. Fresh off the BLNN is this interesting tidbit about our favorite marshmallow toaster...

Feds investigate Tesla fires: Elon Musk's idea? NHTSA disputes that
Federal safety regulators opened a probe into a series of fires in Tesla Motors Inc. electric cars following crashes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that it would investigate why two of the expensive Tesla Model S sporty hatchbacks have caught fire this year following accidents in which the battery casing that serves as the undercarriage of the car cracked open.
Oh, this gets interesting, folks. Tesla is claiming they asked for the investigation. The NHTSA is saying, oh no you di'nt... Then Tesla is claiming that the risk of a fire from a crash is less than gasoline-powered cars - which is misleading in that gas-powered cars *do* catch fire, but they catch fire because they are overheating from mechanical failure caused by human error, not because they ran over something in the street.

The more the Tesla's problems become publicized, the more puzzling this gets. We've had three cars imitate Richard Pryor on crack so far - that we know about. GM had to recall a bunch of their vaunted (quarter million dollar, taxpayer subsidized) Volts for fire risk; why are these cars seemingly prone to fires? The one lone exception is the Nissan Leaf, which is *also* electric and has zero fires to date. And doesn't cost six figures.

In fact, the Leaf is half the price of the Volt and a quarter the price of the Tesla - and that's without the extra heated seats...

That is all.

6 comments:

libertyman said...

Okay, so would it be really funny or really sick to have a hot rod style flame paint job on your Tesla?

PA State Cop said...

What were the electric imports that self combusted as a result of being underwater during Sandy. Salt Water and lithium does not play well togather. :D

Dave H said...

Libertyman: Funny, sick, tomayto, tomahto.

Paul, Dammit! said...

PA State Cop- Fisker Karma. I took pictures of them blowing up when I was moored at the Bayonne Auto Terminal during the storm.

http://bigironbegfish.blogspot.com/2012/10/flood-fire-low-tide.html

LCB said...

On of the many jobs I've done in my lifetime is fork-truck driver. Some of them were battery models, with huge battery packs under the driver seat. Now granted, these were the old lead type batteries, but I think the same rules apply. Draining a battery creates heat from the battery. Draining it quickly creates MORE heat. So...I wonder if the Teslas that caught fire had just been driven hard and fast...

Crotalus said...

Tela's having a fire sale!