Brev från föraren av den Tesla Model S som började brinna i onsdags.

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Det har varit många frågetecken kring vad som hände med den Tesla Model S som började brinna i onsdags förra veckan! Här publicerar vi ett brev skrivit av Juris Shibayama, föraren av bilen. Här beskriver han med egna ord vad som egenteligen hände. Vi har valt att ej översätta brevet utan publicerar förarens egna ord.

November 9, 2013
From a Model S owner in Tennessee
By Juris Shibayama, MD

I was driving home from work on the interstate in the right lane at approximately 70 miles per hour, following a truck. In the middle of the lane, there was a rusty three-pronged trailer hitch that was sticking up with the ball up in the air. The truck in front of me cleared the object. I did not have enough time to swerve to avoid the hitch, and it went below my car. I felt a firm "thud" as the hitch struck the bottom of the car, and it felt as though it even lifted the car up in the air. My assistant later found a gouge in the tarmac where the item scraped into the road. Somewhat shaken, I continued to drive.

About 30-45 seconds later, there was a warning on the dashboard display saying, "Car needs service. Car may not restart." I continued to drive, hoping to get home. About one minute later, the message on the dashboard display read, "Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down." I was able to fully control the car the entire time and safely pulled off the left shoulder on the side of the road. I got out of the car, and started to get all my belongings out. About 5-10 seconds after getting out of the car, smoke started to come from the front underbody of the car. I walked away from the vehicle to a distance of about 100 yards. More smoke started to come out of the bottom of the car, and about two minutes after I walked away, the front of the car caught on fire.

I am thankful to God that I was totally uninjured in any way from this impact. Had I not been in a Tesla, that object could have punched through the floor and caused me serious harm. From the time of impact of the object until the time the car caught fire was about five minutes. During this time, the car warned me that it was damaged and instructed me to pull over. I never felt as though I was in any imminent danger. While driving after I hit the object until I pulled over, the car performed perfectly, and it was a totally controlled situation. There was never a point at which I was anywhere even close to any flames.

The firemen arrived promptly and applied water to the flames. They were about to pry open the doors, so I pressed my key button and the handles presented and everything worked even though the front of the car was on fire. No flames ever reached the cabin, and nothing inside was damaged. I was even able to get my papers and pens out of the glove compartment.

This experience does not in any way make me think that the Tesla Model S is an unsafe car. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.

Juris Shibayama, MD

Kommentera gärna:

  • Carina • 12 november 2013 13:22:58
    Jag vill sitta i en Tesla Model X om jag kör på en älg ;)
  • Santos • 12 november 2013 00:14:20
    Verkar som om Teslas batteripack är som ett pansar i botten. Kanske något för minröjning? Jag är mycket imponerad av Tesla. På något sätt så visar det sig att det som i tidningsrubrikerna börjar som "LIVSFARA" alltid landar med "TRYGGHET" när det gäller Tesla!
    Ska jag köra på en älg, vill jag sitta i en Model S!


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