A Tesla car concerned in a collision caught hearth and exploded on a freeway close to Moscow final night time, native media reported. The occupants had been barely injured, however the automotive is carrying toast.
The mannequin of the automotive just isn’t clear from the experiences, however appears to be an S mannequin or a mannequin three. It was pushed by a 41-year-old Russian man who had his youngsters with him. He would have used a driver help operate (however not essentially the autopilot) and would have had his palms on the steering wheel when he got here throughout a tow truck within the left lane.
The motive force broke his legs and the youngsters escaped with bruises, Reuters reported, however the automotive was not so fortunate. A while after the accident, the automotive caught hearth and shortly after, two explosions occurred in his physique, apparently captured (I couldn’t affirm it instantly) within the following video posted by an individual within the visitors who did the other:
Firefighters quickly arrived and extinguished the flames. The circumstances of this accident are nonetheless unclear and there’ll undoubtedly be an investigation, as for any significant issue of this sort. I requested Tesla for extra particulars and I’ll replace this submit if I heard it.
As automobiles crush and catch hearth pretty usually, Teslas encounters a uncommon however recurring drawback: an explosion of flames, even spontaneous, after a collision. The distinctive risks of battery autos are after all fascinating, however the sensational nature of the knowledge that surrounds them can even give a false thought of these risks. Tesla automobiles collide about as typically as different autos, however fires are uncommon.
The query of whether or not the autopilot was concerned just isn’t clear both. The motive force help mode that the motive force was utilizing was maybe only a cruise management or the like, and the motive force advised the press that he had not observed the tow truck. Till extra information are recognized, hypothesis is futile.