Electric car becomes boat to deal with flooded tunnel

Thursday, June 23, 2016


We have always been taught never to mix electricity and water, so what happens when an electric car faces a flooded tunnel? Well it acts like a boat of course!


The interesting and undisclosed car feature makes it float like a boat for short periods of time thanks to thrust generated by its wheels. 


A motorist in Almaty, Kazakhstan recently posted a video of himself braving his Telsa Model S car through a flooded tunnel, as other cars were held helpless and unable to move. The video (below) has been making rounds online, prompting the CEO of Telsa Motors, Elon Musk, to respond on Twitter.




Musk went to Twitter saying, "We *def* don't recommend this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation."


The Telsa Model S isn't an amphibious car, but it does highlight another benefit of electric-battery powered cars. A standard gasoline engine car would face disastrous consequences should in experience a high intake of water, but the Model S churns on despite this experience.


Even though the Model S is more watertight than most gasoline-driven cars due to a lack of tailpipe (according to a report by ARS Technica) some tech observers have warned Model S owners not to submerge their electric cars too long. While the battery and other electric components are tightly sealed, you could run the risk of damaging other aspects of the car.


Fred Lambert of Electrek, a news site that tracks the transition from fossil fuel to electric, said: "You simply don't want the entire undercarriage of your vehicle to be submerged regardless of if it consists of a large battery pack or an exhaust line.


"In the case of the Model S, the battery pack is sealed, but there are still plenty of complications from submerging the vehicle."


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