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Model S and a solar roof avalanche

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Mike_Schlechter, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Mike_Schlechter

    Mike_Schlechter Model S - P457

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    If you have PVs in an area where it snows this won't likely be a surprise - solar panels shed snow, all at once. When they shed snow things underneath them tends to get pretty messed up. We had snow here in CT on Wednesday, and yesterday as I pulled my car out of my garage my panels decided that was the perfect time to shed... Right onto the roof of my Model S. For a moment I expected the pano to cave in on me, but it didn't. In fact, there isn't even a scratch on the car! The rhododendron next to the driveway, however, is totally destroyed.
     
  2. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Metal roofs are similar in this regard. A buddy has a country home with a large metal-roofed garage and he has to be very careful about where cars, trailers etc. are parked in the winter to avoid these occasional "avalanches". (A small box trailer parked beside the garage was once crushed!)
     
  3. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    So where's the photo??
     
  4. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I want video. Or it didn't happen.
     
  5. yobigd20

    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    The Model S is so structurally sound, that the NHTSA’s roof crush resistance testing machine actually broke when they tried to test the Model S under it. The Model S’s roof crush resistance is over twice the requirement by the NHTSA.


    http://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2013/01/18/what-are-some-mind-blowing-facts-about-tesla-motors/
     
  6. Mike_Schlechter

    Mike_Schlechter Model S - P457

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    Funny, I thought "Bonnie is going to ask for evidence" while writing this. I didn't have time to snap a pic, as while it happened I went into a fetal position, and once it happened I had to put the spurs to the car to make the train.
     
  7. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Active Member

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    Can we have a moment of silence for the rhododendron, please? The car is fine, but a living, breathing plant has suffered through an immensely tragic event and probably will never recover.

    (And frankly, I want to know just exactly why it was in such a clearly unsafe situation.)
     
  8. JohnQ

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    Hm, sounds like Plant Protective Services is on its way. Quick, hide the evidence.
     
  9. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Active Member

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    Oh, no! Now what does Mr. Mike do?! He needs evidence for Bonnie, but that evidence may be used against him in Plant court. Decisions, decisions.
     
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    Must have been the rumble from the 416 hp motor that set off the a avalanche.
     
  11. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    Mr. Mike can say they planted the evidence.
     
  12. Krugerrand

    Krugerrand Active Member

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    I got nothing.
     
  13. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    Hire Bonnie as his lawyer. Something, something, privilege, something, something, pray it's inadmissible.
     
  14. Mike_Schlechter

    Mike_Schlechter Model S - P457

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    I actually have a wooden a-frame that I normally put over the plant, but as my wife keeps telling me I "spend so much time just sitting in the car that nothing is getting done." Which is true. Plant neglect? Maybe. Tesla love? Indeed!
     
  15. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    We could replay the event. Who wants to stand in for the plant?
     
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    yobigd20 Well-Known Member

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    How's the new wife? err I mean car?
     

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