There’s nothing truly remarkable about car accidents. If drivers took care of their vehicles the way Galaxy Note 2 cases protect devices, then the national average for road crash fatalities should be much less than 37,000 per year, as per the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) statistics.
Yet, the October 3 accident involving a Model S electric sedan was remarkable, and not only because Tesla Motors’ name is on the line.
Jalopnik, a car news blog, posted pictures and a video of the Model S going up in flames on St. Willis Exit in Kent, Washington, a day after the accident occurred. According to the Model S’s driver, he ran over a “large metallic object” which damaged his car’s front end. The claim was corroborated by Tesla.
When the vehicle’s alert system instructed the driver to pull over and get out of the car, he did so. A few minutes later, the car caught fire. Firemen reportedly took several tries before extinguishing the flames and hauling the car with a flat bed truck.
Chris Webb, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, said that the actual impact of the object was difficult to determine due to the extent of fire damage. It’s also unclear whether the lithium-ion battery pack inside the car was damaged.
Tesla Motors’ price-per-share fell 6.2 percent on October 4. It was the biggest one-day decline in the stock’s value since mid-July, reflecting investor concerns on how lithium-ion battery safety—or the lack thereof—will adversely affect consumer demand.
Reuters reported that Tesla will partner up with South Korean battery producer Samsung SDI Co Ltd to supply battery technology. Neither party gave comment on whether talks are already finalized.
Tesla’s primary battery cell supplier is the Japan-based Panasonic Corp.
Anatomy of the Model S
The Model S runs on lithium-ion batteries, like most “green cars”. It is one of Tesla Motors’ few automobiles, along with the Tesla Roadster and Model X. The company is also collaborating with others to produce the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Smart Fortwo, Toyota RAV4 EV and Freightliner electric vans.
Lithium-ion batteries are typically used in electronic products, such as those protected by Galaxy Note 2 cases. They have one of the best energy densities, as well as a minimal loss of charge when the device is not in use. However, their pressurized nature and flammable electrolyte components have given rise to safety concerns.
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