Good news for those who own a Tesla Model S. It looks like you have also purchased a boat, sort of.
As it turns out, there’s more to the Tesla Model S than meets the eye. Sure, it’s a powerful electric car that can accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in a mere 2.8 seconds. It helps that it can be equipped with what is called a Bio-Weapon Defense mode or a medical grade HEPA air filtration system that can remove at least 99.97 percent of pollution from particulate exhaust.
These are all impressive features other electric cars may not have, but who knew that the Model S can float through flood waters, too!
This is exactly what Sanzhar Altayev in Kazakhstan found when he drove into a tunnel that had a few inches of water. The depth of the flood water was enough to stall a number of vehicles, but not Altayev’s Model S.
In the video he uploaded in YouTube, it shows Altayev expertly but calmly maneuvering his car in order to ease his way out of the stalled traffic before proceeding to drive out of the tunnel without much effort.
It’s a video so remarkable, founder and CEO of Tesla Elon Musk had to say a few words. He took to Twitter to admit, “We *def* don’t recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.”
And when asked if the motor electrics are waterproof, Musk simply answered, “Drive units and battery are sealed.”
It must be noted that driving through flooded waters may end up causing damage to your car, which may not be covered by insurance (especially if they find out you just did it for fun). In other words, although it’s possible for the Model S to float like a boat for some time, Musk and Tesla would rather you don’t do that at all.