Tesla founder Elon Musk hasn’t been able to walk on water yet, though some of his “followers” probably believe him capable of doing so.
Actually, Tesla’s cars are closer to achieving that if we agree that the automotive equivalent of walking on water is wading through deep water without any visible damage.
A Tesla Model S was spotted doing just that in Texas recently. In the footage posted on Twitter by user Richard Richter, the red electric vehicle is seen wading through some pretty deep floodwater on a neighborhood street as other sedans remained parked on the side of the road.
The Model S driver kept a steady pace and managed to make it safely to the other side, helped by the lack of a front grille and the fact that the drive units and battery pack are sealed and water can’t get to them.
Come to think of it, this isn’t the first Tesla Model S we’ve seen pulling such a stunt. Back in 2016, a black Model S successfully crossed a flooded tunnel in Almaty, Kazakhstan, prompting Elon Musk to enthusiastically tweet: “We *def* don’t recommend this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.” He hasn’t tweeted yet about the most recent “floating” Tesla, though.
While it looks spectacular, we wouldn’t recommend Tesla owners to wade their way through deep water because we all know that water is capable of reaching anywhere. There’s no telling which sensitive areas of the car, such as the wiring, can be affected by water in the long run. A short-circuit could set the car on fire while it sits in a parking lot, for example.
If this isn’t a commercial for Tesla then I don’t know what is. pic.twitter.com/Fid0A9L2lr
— Richard Richter (@Ricardo_Lee_) May 3, 2019