Tesla CEO: “Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time”
In a series of Twitter posts released on Sunday, Elon Musk – the co-founder and CEO of electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors – touted the amphibian qualities of Tesla’ Model S electric sedan, revealing the car has the capability to float on water.
In one of his tweets, Musk said that the “Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time,” and added alongside that the rotation of the vehicle’s wheels can provide the required thrust for floating.
To prove that the Tesla Model S can float, but not recommending it, Musk linked the tweet to a video which showed a Model S swimming through a Russian underpass flooded with water.
In touting the Models S electric car’s floating capability, Musk said in a tweet that though the weight of a typical Model S is approximately 1,200 pounds more than that of a comparable luxury car, its drive units and battery pack have been sealed against the elements.
In fact, floating is not the only extreme condition for which Tesla has prepared its vehicles --- the company’s Model X SUV boasts a “bioweapon defense mode” for its air filters.
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