Tesla CEO Says Model S Doubles as a Boat

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Apparently water and electric cars can go together.

It’s understandable to think an electric car driving through a flood would have terrible results, but one Tesla Model S owner in Kazakhstan drove through a flooded tunnel and CEO Elon Musk approved. Naturally this isn’t something Musk recommends, but he doesn’t hesitate to claim that the Model S “floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time.”

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By no means is the Tesla Model S an amphibious car, but it does bring up another benefit of electric-battery power compared to a standard combustion engine. Standard gasoline engines that use an intake would have disastrous results once water hits the engine bay, but the Model S churns on despite being submerged in quite a bit of water.

It also seems that Musk has an interest in creating a car that can be submerged underwater. In a follow up tweet, he references a “TSWLM car,” pointing to James Bond’s Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me that could transform into a submarine.

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  • smartacus

    let’s allay any fears to rest:
    “sheet metal panel gaps” that have been reported guarantee it won’t be used as a boat 🙂

  • smartacus

    but it’s still as heavy as quite a few boat anchors.