Tesla Model S Plunges Into Lake, Chinese Driver Blames Unintended Acceleration

A Tesla Model S owner in China claims that his electric sedan accelerated on its own and plunged into a river in Shanghai.

Xiao Chen told local Chinese media that as he was pulling in to the Tesla Qingpu District Supercharger, the car accelerated and he lost control. The Tesla then smashed through a fence and plunged into the river. The river wasn’t very deep and both the driver and passenger were able to escape without any injuries.

Claims of unintended acceleration from various Tesla models are nothing new. In fact, quite a few crashes involving Tesla models are blamed on unintended acceleration from their owners.

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Unlike with most other vehicles, it is pretty easy to prove or disprove this thanks to the onboard systems found in all Tesla models. According to Electrek, the car manufacturer is investigating the owner’s claims of unintended acceleration.

Footage from the scene shows the electric sedan being pulled out of the river but it remains to be seen just how much damage the car sustained. However, electric cars and water don’t typically mix well so there’s a good chance putting this Tesla back onto Shanghai’s streets will be a costly endeavor.

While you could be forgiven for chuckling at instances of drivers unintentionally accelerating in their vehicles, the truth is that it happens quite frequently as drivers confuse the brake and accelerator pedals. The results can be disastrous.

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m just glad everyone is ok. 👍

    • Knotmyrealname

      It could have been shocking….

  • KAG25

    Yeah, blame the car

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  • wtvlol

    This just gonna be worst as more electric cars are available to the average joe.

    Scary times ahead.

  • Chung

    So adorable



  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Unintended brain fart, more like.

  • EM1

    Interesting how they’re able to stand on the roof of the car and not be wet.

  • TheBelltower

    I’m sure that the acceleration was unintended because the bonehead hit the accelerator pedal unintentionally with his foot. Then stood on the roof and took a selfie and posted on social media, do doubt. Automakers should be able to go after drivers who fraudulently claim that it was the fault of the vehicle.

  • Alduin

    Being blinded by dental floss can do that to you. He couldn’t see sh|t so he crashed into the river. The water looks dirty too maybe the driver and his passenger got some type of illness from it.

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