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#1439 of 1543 Re: Some may be fun, BUTT?? [Stever@Edmunds]
Sep 29, 2013 (9:03 am)
That's seems like another reason not to buy a hybrid diesel. With the frequent start-stop of a hybrid the diesel will have even more trouble getting up to operating temperature.
#1440 of 1543 Re: Some may be fun, BUTT?? [texases]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 29, 2013 (10:49 am)
Yeah, that thought (finally) did occur to me too.
#1441 of 1543 Re: Some may be fun, BUTT?? [MrShift@Edmunds]
Oct 02, 2013 (12:57 pm)
Yeah, you may re-route others, and then have to merge with more cars ahead since they're now ahead of you.
Still, I like having more info - then I can decide.
#1442 of 1543 They will be fun till they catch on fire.
Oct 03, 2013 (6:00 am)
Looks like Tesla have the Spin Doctors all over this one for sure:
The incident happened Tuesday after 8 a.m. as the driver was traveling southbound on state Route 167 through Kent, said Trooper Chris Webb of the Washington State Patrol. The driver stated that he believed he had struck some metal debris on the freeway, so he exited the highway and the vehicle became disabled.
The driver told authorities he began to smell something burning and then the vehicle caught fire. Firefighters needed several attempts to extinguish the flames because the blaze kept reigniting, Webb said. A trooper who responded to the scene was unable to locate any objects on the roadway, but Department of Transportation workers did observe some debris near the scene.
Webb said there was too much damage from the fire to see what damage the debris may have caused.
The automobile website Jalopnik.com posted photos of the blaze that it says were taken by a reader, along with a video. The video shows the front of the Tesla Model S in flames.
Tesla said the flames were contained to the front of the $70,000 vehicle due to its design and construction. Company spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said there were no indications that the fire was caused by anything other than the crash.
#1443 of 1543 Re: They will be fun till they catch on fire. [gagrice]
Oct 03, 2013 (9:04 am)
Gas powered cars never catch fire?
Seems like an isolated incident.
#1444 of 1543 Re: They will be fun till they catch on fire. [ateixeira]
Oct 03, 2013 (9:24 am)
For the Safest car on the Road? I don't think they found anything he hit. It may have been a battery cell exploding. I know Tesla will try their best to hush it up. Won't help their stock.
#1445 of 1543 Re: They will be fun till they catch on fire. [gagrice]
Oct 03, 2013 (9:52 am)
I doubt they ever marketed it as "safest". Greenest, quickest, coolest, etc., sure, but safest?
#1446 of 1543 Re: They will be fun till they catch on fire. [ateixeira]
Oct 03, 2013 (9:54 am)
Yep, safest, too, it scored the highest ever on one of those crash tests.
The battery fire issue isn't Tesla's fault - Li-ion batteries have a HUGE amount of chemical energy stored in a compact size. If something goes wrong (just as it does with gasoline tanks) a fire can easily follow, and be difficult to extinguish, because the chemical energy is still there, flame or no flame.
#1447 of 1543 Re: They will be fun till they catch on fire. [texases]
Oct 03, 2013 (9:56 am)
But not unlike a fuel tank that gets hit and leaks.
#1448 of 1543 Re: They will be fun till they catch on fire. [gagrice]
Oct 03, 2013 (10:21 am)
I wonder how many new S-class or LS etc caught fire yesterday. A dozen Italian cars probably did though.
And the media is still on the 70K slant, maybe to tone down the offensiveness of the tax break given to a car that probably has an average unsubsidized MSRP a bit higher.