Tesla CEO hopes Model S in fireswill be cleared feds
CEO Elon Musk of automaker Tesla Motors says he is confident that its Model S electric car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation in the two battery fire cases.
According to him, the fires occurred when metal road debris pierced the under body of the cars at highway speeds which are extreme cases. "In both cases it was a large piece of metal essentially braced against the tarmac," Musk said in an interview Friday with the press.
One of the fires happened along freeways near Seattle and Nashville, Tenn. starting Oct. 1. Another fire happened in Mexico after the driver ran through a concrete wall at more than 100 mph. In the Seattle case, the Model S hit a curved truck part. The car hit a trailer hitch in the Tennessee crash.
The fires, which began in the batteries, caused no injuries to anyone.
Musk articulated that there is no safety problem for drivers or passengers as no one has ever been hurt in a Model S crash. The only other reason to investigate is economic loss from the fires, which is not an issue because Tesla amended its warranty to cover fire loss in crashes.
He said "I'm not saying it can't happen again."
"I'm saying in any kind of low-speed impact, you're fine. Any car, Model S or not Model S, the underside is going to get significantly damaged if you drive over a large metal object."
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