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Very deep water

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by zack, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. zack

    zack Member

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    Last year in Minneapolis we had a torrential downpour that raised the water level on some streets to 18"+. My G55 made it through just fine. What would happen with the roadster? Would the enclosed alumin(i)um glider protect the passenger compartment and waterproof connections protect everything else? Or would something catastrophic happen? Btw this storm happened without (specific) warning during rush hour.
     
  2. vfx

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    Toast.



    Soggy Toast.
     
  3. richkae

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    There are fans underneath the car that blow air at the electric motor and the PEM.
    It is important to not get water in them. I worry about it when I go through 2 inches of water, if I was faced with 18 inches I would turn around.
     
  4. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    I seem to remember some kind of immersion detector that would cut the power. Not sure how high the water has to be to trigger that fail-safe.
     
  5. Jaff

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    Zack, tons of ICE vehicles are written off by insurers every year in these "freshwater floods"...if you know it's coming, get to high ground...if you're stuck in it as you described (driving whilst the flood rains are in progress), vfx is right...you're "done like dinner".
     
  6. Eberhard

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    maybe we have to ask Lotus to make the same modification on the Roadster like they did with James Bonds Lotus Esprit.
     
  7. doug

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    Here's something on the ESS. Blast from the past... not sure how accurate it still is:
    The Most Coddled Automotive Battery Ever? | Blog | Tesla Motors
     
  8. vfx

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    This does seem like the Tesla of old with multiple multiple redundancies built in.
     
  9. Eberhard

    Eberhard #421 Model S #S32

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    ok, to be correct. because of the liquid cooled battery, there is no chance for water to penetrate the back. The rain water has a high electrical residence therefore no current will flow. Most problems are the blower under the trunk. This are only IP33 and will quickly corrode. The fans for the AC are no problem because of IP68. A real problem would be an Tsunami because of the saltwater which leads the current quite well.
     
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    already done, you only have to order the water sealed option. With this option the car can swim, the rear fans are switched to the main battery and will move the car forward. And I have heard rumors that the submarine option is already in alpha status. Diving is done with the front fans. Now we know the real reasons for some design issues.:wink:
     
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    suxxer ElektroVolt

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    Manual says nothing about "very" deep water ;)

    deep_water.jpg
     
  13. AndrewBissell

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    Oops - I have driven through a ford on a river a couple of times. No ill effects at all but maybe I shouldn't have?
     
  14. doug

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    This is the general rule for any car, I believe.
     
  15. suxxer

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    More or less :cool:


    Land Rover Disco 4
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    I live a tad North of Fargo - I am definitely not going to drive over flooded roads; someone died last week in Manitoba because he didn't know the submerged road he was driving on was washed out.
     

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