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Speed Bumps, Road Humps, & the Bottom of my MS

Bodyhauler

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I was wondering if anyone knows what the bottom of the MS looks like and what kind of protection there is for the batteries.
I have occasionally run over a speed bump that was extra high as well as some high road humps which caused my MS to bottom out as it went over them. Also have been on a couple of rough roads that may have scraped the bottom as well.
Is there a 'skid plate" or some protective surface under the car? I try to take it slow over these bumps but hate it when the bottoms hits. My MS does not have air suspension so it's just the same height at all times.
 

BrokerDon

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IF you have Smart Air Suspension just raise the suspension to High or Very High... then lower back to Normal when the obstacle has passed. EASY... Plus it can remember each GPS location too. (read your manual)

Great for the Speed Bumps, Road Humps & steep driveways you frequent.
 
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2101Guy

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I was wondering if anyone knows what the bottom of the MS looks like and what kind of protection there is for the batteries.
I have occasionally run over a speed bump that was extra high as well as some high road humps which caused my MS to bottom out as it went over them. Also have been on a couple of rough roads that may have scraped the bottom as well.
Is there a 'skid plate" or some protective surface under the car? I try to take it slow over these bumps but hate it when the bottoms hits. My MS does not have air suspension so it's just the same height at all times.

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DavidB

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That was back in 2014. The article is outdated. Specifically: "It is important to note that there have been no fire injuries (or serious, permanent injuries of any kind) in a Tesla at all." There has been dozens of deaths, and at least six deaths from accidents with Teslas that involved battery fires since then.

However, to address the OP's question, while the average speed bump scrape shouldn't hurt the battery pack, it is not inconceivable that hitting an extra high one with force might do damage. I wouldn't worry about the average speed bump, and would take the extra high ones with caution.
 

2101Guy

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That was back in 2014. The article is outdated. Specifically: "It is important to note that there have been no fire injuries (or serious, permanent injuries of any kind) in a Tesla at all." There has been dozens of deaths, and at least six deaths from accidents with Teslas that involved battery fires since then.

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Yes. but the point of the link was to answer the specific question in the first post about battery protection.

as far as fires, Teslas are FAR safer than gas cars re: Fire hazards.


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