Perspectives on the Tesla Fire
All conventional cars have the potential to catch on fire. A few years ago I ran over some bricks in the road that did $2,300 worth of damage to my car’s undercarriage and spilled gasoline all over the road. This Tesla caught fire a few weeks ago a few miles from my office. Just thought I’d share some differing perspectives I found on the subject:
“… a Model S collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle. The car’s alert system signaled a problem and instructed the driver to pull over safely, which he did.”
From the Kent Regional Fire Authority crash report:
”Driver stated that he hit an object in the HOV lanes of SB 167. The car started to run poorly and he pulled off the freeway.”
“All indications are that the fire never entered the interior cabin of the car.”
From the guy videotaping the fire from 100 feet away:
“Wow, I can feel the heat in here!”
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk offering to help Boeing with its 787 battery problem earlier in the year:
“Large cells without enough space between them to isolate against the cell-to-cell thermal domino effect means it is simply a matter of time before there are more incidents of this nature …”
See picture below of spacing between Tesla batteries:
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk explaining the domino effect:
”…when thermal runaway occurs with a big cell, a proportionately larger amount of energy is released and it is very difficult to prevent that energy from then heating up the neighboring cells and causing a domino effect that results in the entire pack catching fire.”
From Donald Sadoway, a professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
” …I’m glad someone with such a big reputation put it on the line …He’s engineered [Tesla's battery] to prevent the domino effect.”
Click here to see HD video of a Tesla experiencing a domino effect.
See picture below to get a feel for size of battery cells used in a Tesla.
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