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What happens if you run into a lake or a river?

Discussion in 'Model X' started by mohanman, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. mohanman

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    lets say I have an accident and my Tesla falls over a bridge and into a lake. Will the doors still work?? Windows? How do I escape?
     
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    It would start to sink.

    I don't believe the Model X, aside from the FWD, would fair any better or worse than an ICE vehicle in the event you describe.
     
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  3. deonb

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    It fairs a bit better than an ICE.

    It will float for a short period of time, and unlike an ICE where the engine will quit immediately once the exhaust is submerged, you will still have a working drivetrain and you'll get thrust in the water via wheel rotation.

     
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    Use the submarine Easter egg.
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    The front doors are mechanically linked the opening mechanism (they are electrical as well).

    The rear doors are not, but there is a release.

    If you seem to be attracted to launching yourself into a lake/river then I'd suggest getting one of those key chain things that can easily break the window.
     
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  7. NeverFollow

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    Install a manual window
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  8. Petra

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    Asking for a friend, I hope?

    *edit* OP hasn't responded in a while, so perhaps not... ;)
     
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    Good question.
    Hmmm, I haven't thought about it, but if it were me, I'd be more worried about my driving habits that would cause me to go into a lake :eek:
     
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  10. Hitman007

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    The guys point is valid. Accidents happen and sometimes cars end up in bodies of water. Just like any car once the electrical shorts out the windows will not function. That is not unique to Tesla. As soon as you hit the water, roll the windows down and get out during the flotation period. Also get a window breaker.
     
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  11. deonb

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    I have an amusing number of dislikes on my post...

    FYI: It's based on a description from Elon:

    Tesla Model S can be used as a boat in a pinch, Elon Musk confirms
     
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  12. Petra

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    It may have more to do with the submerged exhaust statement... because that won't kill an ICE--it'll just blow bubbles. Submerging the intake, on the other hand, will kill an ICE pretty much immediately.
     
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    Ahh, fair enough.
     
  14. mohanman

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    Hey it can happen, family friend of ours slipped off the road (during a heavy Michigan Winter), flipped into a river, and almost died if it wasn't for a heroic fire fighter off duty behind him who jumped in and saved him. I have one of those window breaker things in the glove box, hopefully that won't short circuit too.

    Mo!
     
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    "Who's the U-Boat commander?" .... sorry but somebody had to quote the movie.....
     
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    The idea of my vehicle being submerged has not crossed my mind for even 1 second EVER in all my years driving and being in a vehicle until this thread LOL.

    With that said, I wonder if the J1772 adapter in my glove box would be suitable to smash the window and if my Phtosync Window tint is going to screw me in this situation. :D
     
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  17. habanero69

    habanero69 I Dont Need Cialis. I Drive an EV.

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    Kidding aside.... Since the battery is on the very bottom, although sealed, would there be enough time to roll the windows down before a short disabled the sinking ship? I would assume there might not be "any" time before a short prevents any power to the window motor... Better get one of them fancy window breakers...
     
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    All the stuff inside runs on 12V, so nothing to do with the traction battery (ok, there is a DC-DC converter but there is still a 12V battery like a conventional car). Things would be pretty similar to any conventional car.
     
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    The battery is fairly well sealed, so I would expect the battery to remain functional for quite some time. Maybe the pressure at 60' depth may cause it to begin to leak, but near the surface it should be fine. Also, Elon seemed to imply that the Model-S floats, so there's that too.
     
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    This is so sadly true. This remind me of this tragic accident where a driver made a right turn into a boat ramp.
    There have been reported accidents a the same location, and a barrier would have prevented this accident.


    Alameda sued over death of doctor who accidentally drove into estuary

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    The city of Alameda erected a temporary barricade at the foot of Grand Street
    to avert a repeat of the tragedy that claimed the life of an Oakland doctor in December.
     

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