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Tesla To Add Triple Underbody Shield And Better Fire Protection To Magnificent Model S

Tesla To Add Triple Underbody Shield And Better Fire Protection To Magnificent Model S

After a couple of accidents involving Tesla’s Model S electric car resulted in fires, the company has scrambled to find a solution that didn’t involve completely re-engineering the undercarriage and engine compartment. That solution has taken the form of a relatively simple three-part titanium shield underneath the vehicle.

The fires resulted when road debris punctured the Model S’s battery compartment when the vehicle ran over them at high speeds, so Tesla decided to simply improve that specific area of the car. There are now three titanium pieces protecting the compartment.

Tesla Model S charging

There’s a hollow bar designed to deflect or absorb the impact of road debris and at least knock it forward away from the battery compartment. There’s also a plate that’s there simply as an added layer of puncture-proofing, and the third piece is set at a slight angle and can absorb an object’s force, actually helping the Model S ramp up and over debris.

Judging from CEO Elon Musk’s blog post about the shields, you get the sense that he feels that the whole thing is a bit ridiculous. He notes that even though there were two fires in Model S incidents, all of the safety measures already built in--including the onboard warning computer and steel and ceramic firewalls-kept the occupants safe.

Tesla Model S

He also stated that to date, there have been zero fatalities and serious injuries related to the Model S, and that the fire risk in a Model S even before the addition of the titanium shields is five times less than in a normal gasoline-powered car.

“Nonetheless, we felt it was important to bring this risk down to virtually zero to give Model S owners complete peace of mind,” he wrote. As a result, the Model S is a car that can actually crush concrete as it drives over it. Seriously, check out the video in Musk’s blog post.
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I really don't know why the decide to make electric car beside the point of pollution because all of the pollution is from rocket ships gas and them breaking through the at-mos sphere so cars don't really effect it that much and if they think its also for global warming look at Canada we still have 2-3 feet of snow and still seems to be snowing some more

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You can't argue that global warming isn't happening just because it is snowing in Canada. You are using a personal experience or an isolated example instead of a sound argument or compelling evidence. There are vast amounts of statistics and data that support climate change.

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Apparently, Tony, you missed your 5th grade unit on weather and climate. Your confusion is inexcusable if you're more than 10 years old. Climate is long term--decades and more. Weather is day to day or seasonal. You can have huge variations in weather but these variations level out over 30 or 40 years.

However, If you're a republican, your fantasy is far more real than any evidence anyone could offer.

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sorry, but what are you talking about? Rockets  breaking through the atmosphere?? that doesnt do anything.. it doesnt leave a "hole" .. nothing. Its from the millions of cars and factories etc that pump out all the garbage into the air. Global warming causes odd weather, extreme swings in normal temps.. etc.. NOT making it hot.

Now... nice move on tesla's part for a simple solution.... How much does a titanium plate that big cost!!!??

lol

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You're kidding right - I mean you really don't believe that, right?

You really don't believe that the worlds pollution is because of "rocket ships" because it would mean that you're one of the stupidest people on the planet.

So it was a joke, right?

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They have to make it looking like they are trying to fix it by doing something.

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i know global warming is happing but why is it bin so bad this year in canada why has the weather bin cold and snowy because wasnt it like -98 in the arctic so why is it falling apart and SkipWaterhouse we never learned about weather or climate in grade 5 or any grade

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TwoFaceTony is either an ignorant troll,

or simply the most retarded, stupid f*** human being that has ever lived.

"all of the pollution is from rocket ships gas and them breaking through the at-mos sphere"

How can you actually be this stupid?

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How did we get off topic to global warming I don't see anything about that in this article lol. Anyway how smooth does a electric car drive? I heard its great

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Wow, talking about "off topic".

I applaud Tesla for taking extra steps even if unnecessary. The extra piece of mind is worth it.

Now I just wish I had the money to buy a Tesla... .

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Whatever steps Telsa or any dealership can do to fix something is driven to success

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This is an awesome car one of the hybrid cars to buy

 

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OK guys im sorry that im not allowed to say my input im sorry that i made everyone get pissed off at me i live in Canada and im use to having free speech and also i am christian and dont like all of the "f" bombs your throwing at me not to mention any names (kidbest100) and please dont start calling me names, like stupid because last time i checked i was getting 87% in most of my classes so im not stupid. so sorry i made war about global warming. :'(

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KidBest, keep the attacks of others and F-bombs in check, please.  Thanks

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TwoFaceTony,

Sorry if my post seemed like an attack on your person. I didn't mean to attack you as a person. I meant to only debate your argument. Your opinions are valid, but you should know that dissenting opinions are just as valid. Hope you don't feel alienated by that. I meant only to start a healthy conversation.

Anyway, sorry if that made these comments go off topic.

I love Tesla, and would happily buy an electric car of this quality if it were in my budget. A good article from Seth Colaner.

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Tony, here is an explanation. The pole receives little sunlight so it's cold up there. We receive more sunlight so it's warmer down here. Normally the warm air pushes up north, preventing the cold air from coming down. However, due to climate change, the ice up there is melting, releasing methane, which heats up the atmosphere greatly. That, in turn, melts more ice and releases more methane. The snow is also white, which reflects the sun more, so it heats up the atmosphere more. What this means is the pole area heating up faster than our area. The wall that separates our warm air and the pole's cold air is weakened, unable to contain the cold air from up north. So now we experience the invasion of cold air. Look on the bright side, it didn't happen as fast as in the Day After Tomorrow:-)

As for the point of an electric car, I won't debate with you about how much three billion ICE cars pollute on a daily basis, but I will tell you that the point of an electric car is to make us energy independent. There are many sources of energy, but right now we depend on gasoline to drive our cars. With the success of electric cars, we would have many options and we would never have to worry about a particular source of energy running out. We won't have to go to wars or crack open mountains to get the energy we need. The other point of an electric car is efficiency. On average, it has about 100 mpg, 3-4 times more efficient than an ice car. The last point is noise pollution. If your house is near a major road, you will know the pain of hearing them in the middle of the night.

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Look Tony. No one said that you're not allowed to reply or post an opinion. Correct me if i'm wrong, but you're very young. The thing is that your opinion is based on your extreme lack of knowledge on the issue.

Also, being Christian is a non-issue although it tends to lead many people down the path of Creationism, which is ignorance based on superstition by another name.

When you post, you're going to encounter people who see things differently. Not everyone will convey their opposition in a politically correct manner. It's just the way the world works so you'll just have to get use to it by not being so thin skinned.

Like is tough kid.

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i love electric cars! i really think elon musk is ganna turn out to be one of the most influential people of all time! electric cars make so much more sense than combustion engine, quieter, better for the environment, and once the solar panel technology can sustain our electricity needs we will all ahve infinite free gas! nice article cant wait till everyone in an electric car!

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Electric cars is the future of innovation maybe we can see gas prices drop one day lol

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