Tesla Model X SUV coming this fall with a few surprises

  • metta

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    Jun 10, 2015 6:19 PM GMT
    Tesla Model X SUV coming this fall with a few surprises



    http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/10/autos/tesla-suv-model-x-delivery/index.html
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    Jun 10, 2015 6:42 PM GMT
    Awesome! I want one.
  • Svnw688

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    Jun 10, 2015 7:36 PM GMT
    I hope they've sufficiently protected the battery in this model with their new 3 layer protection system. Tesla can't afford anymore fires/accidents, their stock price took a 12% blow a couple years ago because of a nonfatal fire. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 10, 2015 11:26 PM GMT
    That video link does not show an SUV.
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    Jun 10, 2015 11:46 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidI hope they've sufficiently protected the battery in this model with their new 3 layer protection system. Tesla can't afford anymore fires/accidents, their stock price took a 12% blow a couple years ago because of a nonfatal fire. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Do some research into how many gas tank explosions there have been with the average gasoline engine vehicles, and how many deaths were caused by those explosions.

    A battery fire is way more survivable. Just sayin'. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 10, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidThat video link does not show an SUV.
    Apparently the term "Sub-Urban Vehicle" no longer applies exclusively to large bulky vehicles.
    At least that's how I take it.
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    Jun 11, 2015 1:41 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Art_Deco saidThat video link does not show an SUV.

    Apparently the term "Sub-Urban Vehicle" no longer applies exclusively to large bulky vehicles.
    At least that's how I take it.

    SUV = "Sport Utility Vehicle". I did not see one in that video clip.
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    Jun 11, 2015 10:23 PM GMT
    Tesla is a fine car, one of the best cars in the world, IMO. We bought one last year and we are thoroughly happy with it. Here's what Elon Musk has to say about the battery fire issue:

    "A typical gasoline car only has a thin metal sheet protecting the underbody, leaving it vulnerable to destruction of the fuel supply lines or fuel tank, which causes a pool of gasoline to form and often burn the entire car to the ground. In contrast, the combustion energy of our battery pack is only about 10% of the energy contained in a gasoline tank and is divided into 16 modules with firewalls in between. As a consequence, the effective combustion potential is only about 1% that of the fuel in a comparable gasoline sedan.

    The nationwide driving statistics make this very clear: there are 150,000 car fires per year according to the National Fire Protection Association, and Americans drive about 3 trillion miles per year according to the Department of Transportation. That equates to 1 vehicle fire for every 20 million miles driven, compared to 1 fire in over 100 million miles for Tesla. This means you are 5 times more likely to experience a fire in a conventional gasoline car than a Tesla!

    For consumers concerned about fire risk, there should be absolutely zero doubt that it is safer to power a car with a battery than a large tank of highly flammable liquid."

    — Elon

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    Jun 11, 2015 11:09 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Svnw688 saidI hope they've sufficiently protected the battery in this model with their new 3 layer protection system. Tesla can't afford anymore fires/accidents, their stock price took a 12% blow a couple years ago because of a nonfatal fire. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Do some research into how many gas tank explosions there have been with the average gasoline engine vehicles, and how many deaths were caused by those explosions.

    A battery fire is way more survivable. Just sayin'. icon_wink.gif


    Totally on board. And I like Tesla for the most part, though they're a bit slow with the recalls and retrofits. My comment, which I should have clarified, came from a 'market' standpoint, not a scientific or safety standpoint. Though Tesla is safer, another publicized fire will hurt their stock price. It isn't scientifically grounded, but the market often behaves irrationally. It cost Tesla a lot of capitalization costs last go-round.

    For an aviation example, look at the DreamLiner 787 and their battery issues. It's likely the finest commercial plane ever produced, and still safest, and yet most people think they're ticking time bombs. "New" technology is often met with irrational reactions. It's sad, but true. icon_rolleyes.gif