This latest footage of an electric vehicle in flames is Tesla’s new Model 3 detonating as a driver goes past. It also brings the spotlight back onto the debate of how safe electric vehicles really are.
Tesla’s Model 3 exploded twice after it collided with a tow truck on a freeway in Moscow, Russia. The driver and his two children escaped with relatively minor injuries despite Russian investigators claiming the accident occurred at around 100km/h.
More spectacular are two explosions from the battery electric vehicle (BEV) afterward, possibly caused from rupturing of the lithium-ion cells which sit underneath the floor, though the exact cause is yet to be confirmed by investigators. The video was shared by Instagram user @gagorun.
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Авария на МКАД и пожар Car exident and fire on ring road around Moscow (MKAD) 10 августа, 21:00, внутренняя сторона МКАД в районе поселка Мосрентген. Службы вызваны Говорят, Тесла загорелась... #авария #авариянамкад #пожар #пожарнамкад #горитмашина #горитмашинанамкад #мкад #мосрентген #fire #carexident #caronfire #mkad #moscow #moscowmkad #тесла #теслазагорелась #tesla #teslaonfire
It’s not the first time we’ve seen fireworks from an electric car, with incidents from around the world showing the process to fully extinguish a BEV fire can take weeks.
Reports say the driver claims he was driving with Tesla’s Autopilot engaged, with two hands on the steering wheel but that the car crashed into a tow truck. This latest accident comes as questions are raised over a spate of accidents allegedly caused with Autopilot engaged in Tesla models.
Just last month the US’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) added that it had contacted Tesla late last year to request it stop publicising misleading comments about the Model 3’s safety. However, the relatively minor injuries sustained in this high-speed crash suggest the five-star ANCAP rating awarded to the Model 3 in Australia are spot on.