Tesla Shields Model S Underbody with Titanium Armor
Mar 31, 2014 10:29
Tesla will retrofit the Model S with shields, free of charge, upon request when you take the car in for service with additional battery shields.
They will also provide an over the air software update to increase the default ground clearance of the Model S at highway speeds.
The three layer protection starts with a hollow aluminum bar designed to deflect objects entirely or absorb the impact. It is followed by a titanium plate said to have strength to weight properties similar to aerospace and military applications. The third protective layer is a shallow angle, solid aluminum extrusion that further absorbs impact energy.
"In total, the shields only have a 0.1 percent impact on range and don’t affect ride or handling. Wind tunnel testing shows no discernible change in drag or lift on the car," Tesla founder Elon Musk said,
Musk went on to say that, Tesla has performed rigorous tests and the plates have proved to work as designed.
"During the course of 152 vehicle level tests, the shields prevented any damage that could cause a fire or penetrate the existing quarter inch of ballistic grade aluminum armor plate that already protects the battery pack," explained Musk. "We have tried every worst case debris impact we can think of, including hardened steel structures set in the ideal position for a piking event, essentially equivalent to driving a car at highway speed into a steel spear braced on the tarmac.
Just a few years ago, the majority of cars were manuals. Automatic gearboxes were seriously expensive and a luxury only the wealthy could afford. Over time, as with so many other things, prices came down, and automatic cars went mainstream, especially in the US. Today, most people drive an automatic, something that was unthinkable forty years ago, just like it was unthinkable that most people would have airbags. But it happened, nonetheless. Read more
It’s a sad fact that car accidents are very common all around the world, and one of the leading causes of death, even in developed nations. It’s also an unfortunate fact that the large majority of traffic collisions are caused by human error in some way. While most people will stick to road laws and drive carefully, there’s no such thing as a perfect driver. Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents, and how you can avoid them. Read more
Being a pickup truck owner doesn’t make you that much different to people that own cars, for example. You both drive mechanical objects on wheels, and you all have to maintain and repair your vehicles. Read more