A Tesla Model S was recently filmed wading through a flooded neighborhood effortlessly, much to the surprise of the spectators. Images of the feat of the electric sedan were shared on Twitter over the weekend, where the electric car community welcomed him.
The short video of the Tesla Model S was published by Richard Richter, based in Texas. Based on the images, several vehicles were in the area, although other sedans remained parked on the side of the road. The only other vehicle that tried to cross the waters of the flood was a truck pulling a trailer. A person who watched the scene unfold even commented that the driver of the electric car must have "lost his mind", before being surprised that the Model S had no problem crossing the water.
The person who uploaded the video did not specify the exact location where the encounter with the Model S flood occurred, although Richter's presence on social networks suggests that the electric car's feat could have happened somewhere in Texas. Several areas of Texas are being affected by the floods, and the National Weather Service issued warnings on Friday along a large swath of the Mississippi River, according to CBS News. Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, have also received flood warnings recently.
While it is never really advisable to drive through a flood in a vehicle with a low ground clearance like a sedan, Tesla's electric cars have actually shown an impressive resilience when faced with flooding on the highway. In 2016, a Tesla Model S was news after it was filmed practically floating like a boat while pbading through a tunnel in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Elon Musk commented on the account, stating that while Tesla "* def * does not recommend it," the "Model S floats well enough to turn it into a ship for short periods of time." Push through the wheel's rotation " . In another tweet, Musk explained that this is partly due to the Model S ". drive and battery units being sealed
Elon Musk seems to have a weakness for cars that work well in the water. In 2013, Musk bought the James Bond's Lotus Esprit from the movie. The spy who loved me at an auction in london. After paying almost a million dollars for the vehicle, which is famous in the cinema for transforming into a submarine, Musk commented jokingly that he was disappointed since the Lotus did not work as he did in the movie. Musk even joked that he will improve the vehicle with a Tesla powertrain to see if he can do it "really transform".
It really is not known if Musk did such a thing, but the Lotus Elise transformation of James Bond ended up as one of Tesla's Easter Eggs. That is close enough.
For now, here is a Tesla Model S that makes its way through some floods.
Tesla Model S surprises viewers as it "floats" through a flooded street