A Tesla automobile concerned in a collision burst into flames and exploded on a highway close to Moscow final night time, local media reported. The occupants had been barely injured, however the automobile is toast.
The mannequin of the automobile will not be clear from reporting, however appears to be both a Model S or Model three. It was being pushed by a 41-year-old Russian man, who had his youngsters with him. He had reportedly engaged a drive help function (although not essentially Autopilot) and had his palms on the wheel when he crashed right into a tow truck within the left lane.
The driver broke his legs and the youngsters received away with simply bruises, Reuters reported, however the automobile wasn’t so fortunate. Some time after the crash the automobile caught fireplace, and shortly after pair of explosions occurred inside its physique, as seemingly captured (I used to be unable to straight verify this) within the following video posted by somebody in visitors going the opposite route:
Firefighters quickly arrived and put the flames out. The circumstances of this crash are nonetheless unclear, and there’ll little question be an investigation, as there are for any critical points like this. I’ve requested Tesla for extra particulars and can replace this publish if I hear again.
While automobiles crash and catch fireplace on a reasonably common foundation, Teslas have a uncommon however recurring downside of bursting into flame after a crash, and even spontaneously. The distinctive risks of battery-based automobiles are in fact attention-grabbing, however the sensational nature of reviews round them may give a false concept of these risks. Tesla automobiles are in crashes about as typically as different automobiles, however fires are uncommon.
Whether Autopilot was concerned can also be not clear. The drive-assist mode the motive force was utilizing might merely have been cruise management or the like, and the motive force advised papers that he didn’t discover the tow truck. Until extra info are identified hypothesis is fruitless.