This past week we have seen terrible floods in several countries, becoming catastrophic in many places. To help the populations, emergency vehicles may have to face roads that are authentic rivers and the internet has not forgiven them. Many users, eventually inattentive, put the hypothesis that electric cars, such as Tesla, would never be able to fulfill the mission of emergency vehicles in flood situations. Nothing more fake.
If there were any doubts, there is a video of a Tesla Model 3 going through a flood without any problem. No, it’s not a submarine, but Musk says it’s some kind of boat.
Do electric cars work in flood situations on the roads?
In recent weeks, floods in several countries have caused millions of euros in damage and, worse than that, there have been more than a hundred human losses. The respective governments have deployed emergency units to these locations. The vehicles had to face flooded terrain and many of the roads were complete rivers, with so much water that it fell from the sky in such a short time.
Emergency vehicles are still practically all powered by fossil fuels. However, with the transformation of the automobile paradigm, it will not be long before the electric ones will also take over this area. But, won't the water leave the trams out of order along the way?
Video of a Tesla shows Model 3 attacking deep water in China
These images are not new and are no longer surprising. Indeed, in 2019 a Model S enters a flooded street and passes unscathed as if it were a commercial advertisement.
Now it was in China where an owner of a Tesla electric car showed a curious video of a Model 3 easily dealing with floodwaters on its way. The video was short, as it only portrayed the all-electric car passing through a flooded area, but it was quite curious for several reasons.
As mentioned in the video information, these images were recorded in the Chinese province of Henan this morning. This zone also suffered from bad weather that flooded some areas of the province in the Yellow River Valley, in central China.
Despite being a short video, you can see that the flood has some dimension, at least it seems to be deep enough to cause several other vehicles to stop in the middle of the road. However, despite this, Tesla seems to have handled the flood very well.
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Teslas have watertight batteries and can even serve as a kind of boat
Aside from the smooth passage, it's notable that this Tesla appears to be a Model 3 Standard Range due to the vehicle's rear wheels apparently producing most of the car's power. The tram driver seemed to be pushing the Model 3 firmly, although he didn't accelerate too much to not lose control of the car after hitting parts of the road that weren't so flooded.
Possibly the car did not have any breakdown, nor is this type of situation a problem. These machines are exhaustively tested in different situations of this kind. In fact, it was even Elon Musk who mentioned in the past that the Teslas could serve as a kind of boat, since their propulsion units and batteries are sealed.
More recently, Musk noted that the Cybertruck would be a vehicle that would certainly feel right at home on the water. If these recent images of China are any indication, however, it looks like even the Model 3 could cross a flood decently in the same way.
China is regularly hit by typhoons and, to respond to this, Tesla has launched some initiatives to enable its vehicles to withstand the occasional flooded roads.
Among these initiatives is a test area at Gigafactory Shanghai that simulates flooded streets. As we can see in the video above, the Model 3 made in China and the Model Y are tested in this installation after they are produced.