Elon Musk shared a video on his social network in which we see how the Tesla Model 3 easily crosses a heavily flooded road.
The internet is full of videos showing how easily Tesla cars move through flooded streets. Back in 2016, the company’s CEO Elon Musk said that the Tesla Model S could be turned into a boat in just a few minutes. If that’s not entirely true, the video posted by Mr. Musk on Twitter reassures us that Tesla sedans really do very well in a situation that would destroy the engine of combustion-powered cars.
In the video, we see how a resident shows the journalist the size of the waves that swept his area. The avenue seems completely impassable, and yet, to the great surprise of the film crew, we see Tesla drive up. At the beginning, the water only reaches the height of the rim, but as the car moves, we see that it reaches the middle. The driver is not embarrassed, he makes a U-turn and again goes in the opposite direction.
Tesla Model 3 drives smoothly down heavily flooded street
Videos of this type are becoming commonplace. The absence of a muffler and the sealed battery of electric vehicles allow them to cross flooded roads without fear of stalling. In that sense, Tesla cannot boast of being the only company to offer highly water-resistant vehicles. Many commentators refer, for example, to the “amphibious” capabilities of the Nissan Leaf.
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The Tesla driver seen in the video is undoubtedly very pleased with the performance and tightness of his vehicle. But the story could have ended badly for him. In addition to his Tesla Model 3’s ability to roll on water for a short time, he could hit a large obstacle or fall into a hole. So many dangers that his electric car can do nothing about.