Facing a flash flood is a terrifying experience that no civilized person would wish for their worst enemy. The panic that one feels when the floodwaters rise rapidly and the sensation of being submerged in a thick stream of filthy liquid is enough to give some legitimate shock to full grown adults. Being caught in a flash flood is incredibly scary, but if the recent experience of owning a 2016 Model X is any indication, it appears that facing a flood at a Tesla is a little less terrifying.
A recent post from the Model X Facebook group featured the remarkable story of a Tesla owner who perished at the end of the outbreak of Hurricane Ida. While driving from Central Jersey to Pennsylvania on Wednesday night, the owner of a Model X suddenly found himself on flooded streets. And to the electric car owner’s panic, it didn’t take long for the Model X’s windows to rise above the water.
Around the Model X, other vehicles stopped working, were caught in flood waters and consumed. Two other cars were struck by the current and started swaying. It was a frustrating situation, but to the pleasant surprise of a Tesla owner, the brave Model X never took off. The all-electric vehicle, possibly due to its weight and watertight battery and powertrain, powered through and eventually helped its owner return home safely to his family.
Model X owners were able to keep their home safe, thanks in no small part to the all-electric SUV. But upon waking up the next day, the Tesla owner realized that the brave Model X also paid the price. Parts were missing from under the vehicle, and the Model X’s carpeting was completely soaked. In his Facebook post, the Model X owner mentioned that he had already scheduled an appointment with Tesla Service, but he fears water damage could result in the end of the vehicle.
The Tesla owner noted that as much as possible, he would love it if his 2016 Model X could still be repaired. Anyway, the vehicle still drives and operates without any obvious problems, except for the wet interior and undersides. Considering that the Model X was able to ensure that its owner found a safe home despite the flash floods of Hurricane Ida, however, it seems that the price paid by the vehicle was well worth it.
Teslas are starting to gain a reputation as vehicles that can take flood waters very well. In China alone, unofficial Tesla “Boat Mode” videos have become popular online, with some clips showing Model 3s brave flood waters that were deep enough to disable other vehicles on the road. For his part, Elon Musk has commented in the past that other Teslas like the Cybertruck would do even better. According to the CEO, the Cybertruck will “float for a while” when crossing deep water.
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