When looking at the array of electric and hybrid vehicles that are available to consumers, one stands out among all the others. That is the Tesla Model S. This vehicle drips with technology and style but recent reports of accidents thats resulted in the Model S’ batteries catching fire has scared some consumers away from making the purchase and brought national attention to the Tesla Motor Company.
Accorrding to Tesla:
“Since the Model S went into production last year, there have been more than a quarter million gasoline car fires in the United States alone, resulting in over 400 deaths and approximately 1,200 serious injuries (extrapolating 2012 NFPA data). However, the three Model S fires, which only occurred after very high-speed collisions and caused no serious injuries or deaths, received more national headlines than all 250,000+ gasoline fires combined. The media coverage of Model S fires vs. gasoline car fires is disproportionate by several orders of magnitude, despite the latter actually being far more deadly.”
If your only impression of the Model S has come from hearing headlines of how deadly the vehicles can be, It may be worth the time to do some research and see if the problem is real or only a talking point for news organizations.
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