Yet another Tesla Model S fire brings us yet another missive from Elon Musk – it’ll come out later today, apparently.
All right, so it turns out that the quarter-inch of “armor plate” that protects the battery cells from road debris is made out of aluminum!?
If that’s the case, why doesn’t Tesla recall its Model S cars to install a quarter-inch of, IDK, steel? Or perhaps three-quarters of an inch of aluminum? No room? Then how about Kevlar or something?
Oh, because it would cost money and it would be embarrassing and these quick cars would then become slightly less quick?
All right, well it’s YOUR company that the American taxpayers have been subsidising, so I guess it’s your call, Elon.
Now, why did Dr. Juris Shibayama buy a Tesla Model S?
Was it to satisfy a desperate need for attention?
You Make The Call:
So that’s why his recent Tesla Model S fire was a good thing for him.
Read his testimonial here:
“November 9, 2013
From a Model S owner in Tennessee
By Juris Shibayama, MD
I was driving home from work on the interstate in the right lane at approximately 70 miles per hour, following a truck. In the middle of the lane, there was a rusty three-pronged trailer hitch that was sticking up with the ball up in the air. The truck in front of me cleared the object. I did not have enough time to swerve to avoid the hitch, and it went below my car. I felt a firm “thud” as the hitch struck the bottom of the car, and it felt as though it even lifted the car up in the air. My assistant later found a gouge in the tarmac where the item scraped into the road. Somewhat shaken, I continued to drive.
About 30-45 seconds later, there was a warning on the dashboard display saying, “Car needs service. Car may not restart.” I continued to drive, hoping to get home. About one minute later, the message on the dashboard display read, “Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.” I was able to fully control the car the entire time and safely pulled off the left shoulder on the side of the road. I got out of the car, and started to get all my belongings out. About 5-10 seconds after getting out of the car, smoke started to come from the front underbody of the car. I walked away from the vehicle to a distance of about 100 yards. More smoke started to come out of the bottom of the car, and about two minutes after I walked away, the front of the car caught on fire.
I am thankful to God that I was totally uninjured in any way from this impact. Had I not been in a Tesla, that object could have punched through the floor and caused me serious harm. From the time of impact of the object until the time the car caught fire was about five minutes. During this time, the car warned me that it was damaged and instructed me to pull over. I never felt as though I was in any imminent danger. While driving after I hit the object until I pulled over, the car performed perfectly, and it was a totally controlled situation. There was never a point at which I was anywhere even close to any flames.
The firemen arrived promptly and applied water to the flames. They were about to pry open the doors, so I pressed my key button and the handles presented and everything worked even though the front of the car was on fire. No flames ever reached the cabin, and nothing inside was damaged. I was even able to get my papers and pens out of the glove compartment.
This experience does not in any way make me think that the Tesla Model S is an unsafe car. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
Juris Shibayama, MD”
All right. It sure would be nice hearing from independent experts on the topic of the recent Tesla Model S fires as opposed to hearing yet again from Elon Musk and his fanboys.
Now I’ll tell you, Boeing looked foolish earlier this year on the topic of the 787 fire incidents.
How will Elon Musk look a year from now?
In any event, it was a mistake to use a quarter inch of aluminum and market it as “armor plate.”
Here’s another opinion:
Tesla Model S Fires Might Be a Big Deal—But Not For the Reasons Some Are Saying