The arena is fully set up, the audience is excited, and the Tesla Model S begins its short run – hits a rock, flips over – a few seconds pass and flames begin to shoot from the floor of the vehicle, where the battery is installed. . Applause. Firefighters arrive on the scene – cut!
But the most interesting part is that everything was real in this staged demonstration, except for the battery of the Tesla – there were no batteries inside. Instead of batteries, there were pyrotechnics – the flames were fake.
AXA, a French multinational insurance company, is said to have made this demonstration to its customers to instill fear of electric vehicles in their hearts. Within the Tesla community, this phenomenon is known as FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt).
Battery fires are very rare for Tesla electric vehicles, until it is an accident serious enough that something overrides all safety measures installed in a Tesla vehicle. Data from a study spanning 9 years (2012-2021) tells us that the ratio of Tesla battery fires is 1 per 210 million miles driven.
From 2012 to 2021, there has been approximately one Tesla vehicle fire for every 210 million miles driven. By comparison, data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the US Department of Transportation show that in the United States there is one vehicle fire for every 19 million miles driven.
In order to provide a proper comparison with NFPA data, Tesla’s dataset includes cases of vehicle fires caused by structural fires, arson and other non-vehicle related elements, which explain some Tesla vehicle fires during this period.
Source: Tesla Vehicle Safety Report
After publishing an article on 24Auto.dethe insurance company released a statement and admitted that this fire was actually fake and created with pyrotechnics.
“Demonstrating a battery fire would have been too dangerous due to the guests present, which is why the electric car battery cells were removed prior to testing,” AXA said in a statement.
Since there was a large audience at this show and the event was recorded, the damage to the image of electric vehicles and Tesla was already done.
Since there was no battery in the vehicle, there was no power to run the electric motors. The Tesla Model S used in this defamatory demonstration was pushed forward by a towing mechanism like the one we see in safety crash tests.
Even when releasing a statement, the insurance company that orchestrated this show did not apologize to the electric car community.
In the video recording of this event (below), it can be seen that the insurance company also has a Tesla Model X in the arena. The Model X in this video appears to have a battery inside as it was driving fine. Nothing surfaced what the Model X was used for during this public demonstration.
Originally posted on Tesla Oracle.
Photo by Cullan Smith on Unsplash
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