Monday, June 20, 2016

"Tesla’s Model S can turn into a boat (kinda), Musk claims" (TSLA)

From MarketWatch:
In case you were ever wondering, Tesla Inc.’s Model S electric car will float, in a pinch, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday.

At least now we know the “S” does not stand for “sinks.”

In a series of tweets, the Tesla co-founder said the “Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time,” and the rotating tires can provide thrust. As proof, Musk linked to a video showing a Model S swimming through a flooded underpass in Russia.

Musk did note, though, that turning your $70,000 car into a boat is not recommended.

A typical Model S is actually about 1,200 pounds heavier than a comparable luxury car, but its battery pack and drive units are sealed against the elements, Musk said....MORE
Tesla-obsessives may recall last year's "As The Good Ship Tesla Sells Some Equity, A Reminder That Elon Musk Has Exit Options Not Available To The Rest Of Us (TSLA)":

Should Tesla experience what Titanic enthusiasts were calling a "crash floe" problem everyone knows Elon has already prepared one alternative future for himself via Space-X:

But what many may not remember is that a couple years ago he secured a second, more prosaic, if that's the word, escape vehicle:

James Bond’s Lotus Esprit Submarine Purchased by Elon Musk,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/193hg3hnzai8ojpg.jpg

The sub is electrically powered,
of course.