The bad publicity doesn’t end here, though. A Tesla with nobody in the driver’s seat has crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Spring, Texas, killing two people after failing to make a turn. One of the men killed was in the front passenger seat while the other was in the rear, according to KHOU.
It’s not clear if Autopilot was turned on before the crash. “Several of our folks are reconstructionists, but they feel very confident just with the positioning of the bodies after the impact that there was no one driving that vehicle,” declared Constable Mark Herman of Harris County Precinct 4.
According to Herman, firefighters needed four hours and more than 30,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire, and at one point, the firefighters had to call Tesla to ask how to put the fire out. That alone begs a serious question about the safety of electric vehicles in the event of a crash, but Tesla isn’t to blame for the fiery incident. The lithium-ion battery is to blame because thermal runaway and cell rupture may lead to combustion.
Gasoline is extremely flammable as well, but as opposed to electric-vehicle manufacturers, traditional automakers have decades of experience under their belt. Be that as it may, legacy brands can still get it wrong for a multitude of reasons. Nissan, for example, recalled 2,146 examples of the 2021 model year Rogue crossover over an improperly secured fuel hose.
At the moment of writing, the investigation into the 2019 Tesla Model S crash that killed two people is still ongoing, according to the cited publication.
Two men dead after fiery crash in Tesla Model S.— Matt Dougherty (@MattKHOU) April 18, 2021
“[Investigators] are 100-percent certain that no one was in the driver seat driving that vehicle at the time of impact,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. “They are positive.” #KHOU11 https://t.co/q57qfIXT4f pic.twitter.com/eQMwpSMLt2
Deputies are on a Major crash near hammock dunes place /thornblade circle. Avoid the area and expect delays.— Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 (@Pct4Constable) April 18, 2021
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