What Happens to a Tesla Car When it Crashes?
On Quora, Jason M. Lemkin, the CEO and co-founder of EchoSign, once asked what would happen to a Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S car during a crash? He explained that every single battery company in the world had experienced multiple uncontrollable fires during its existence, and burnt at least one factory to the ground. He mentioned that Sony (NYSE:SNE) once burnt its production Lilon plant, worth over $1 billion, entirely to the ground. The problem is that when one battery catches fire, it burns hot and can ignite the next battery, and before you know it the conflagration runs away and all the batteries catch fire and create an extremely hot blaze.
His question about the safety of the Model S arose when he took his wife’s Model S out and was hit by another car. He took the car to be repaired at a Tesla-approved body shop, where he discovered a warehouse of broken and beaten Teslas, all in varying states of repair.
He quickly noticed, and had the fact confirmed by the body shop mechanics, that not a single Tesla electric vehicle (Roadster or Model S) had ever caught fire as result of a collision with another object.