Driving A Tesla Model X Through Flood Waters May Look Cool But Isn’t A Good Idea

Driving a car through floodwaters is never a good idea. In fact, it is almost always a very bad idea (even more so when we’re talking electric cars), yet the owner of a Tesla Model X thought they’d give it a shot during a recent flood in Mitchell, South Dakota.

As local news reporter Colton Molesky was filming a segment about the local flood, a white Tesla Model X came into view and was filmed making a dangerous crossing. Molesky is evidently shocked by what he sees and we don’t blame him.

It appears as though the water may have been about 1.5 feet deep at some points and as the Model X makes its way across, water rushes over the hood and approaches the windscreen. The electric SUV also creates a fairly significant wave as it pushes through the water, forcing the news reporter to actually jump out of the way.

Also Watch: Like A Boss – Tesla Model S Driver Ignores Deep Floodwater, Emerges Victorious

The Tesla Model X impressively makes it through the water without any issues but that’s not the most important lesson to learn from watching this video. What you should take away from this video is that you should never do what the Tesla driver did.

First off, a driver has no way of knowing how deep a crossing like this is nor the condition of the road surface beneath the water. In addition, the wave created by driving a car through a flood can send additional into nearby cars or even houses.

A similar video surfaced back in 2016 showing a Model S driving through a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan. Elon Musk took to Twitter to say that Tesla did not recommend driving vehicles through floodwaters.

  • Stephen G

    WOW America really is great again!

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen


      • Stephen G

        Rich morons doing really stupid things.

        • Haggy

          You have no way of knowing if he’s rich.

          • Stephen G

            Average Model X owner made $143K last year.

          • Haggy

            Half of them in the US are sold in California, where someone with that salary might have trouble affording a 1500 square foot house. That’s not rich. That’s not even close to being rich. That’s literally in entry level salary territory in high tech.

          • Stephen G

            Somene living in California (I assume you mean SF or LA), making $145K is driving a 10 year old Corolla…not a $80K Tesla. So anybody, anywhere that has $80K of disposable income to spend on a car is surely wealthy.

          • Haggy

            Nobody needs $80,000 in
            disposable income to buy a Tesla. With a modest trade in, the cost would be around $1000/month. With gasoline at $4.50/gallon, a person could easily spend $75.00/week extra without an EV. The person might have gotten over $10,000 in incentives on the Model X. If you apply the incentives to the car payment, it would drop to about $930/month. Saving $300/month in gasoline (many or perhaps most Model X can charge for free at superchargers or at work) drops it to the equivalent of spending $630 on a different car and paying for gasoline. If the person commutes across a bridge in the Bay Area, that could be another savings of $60/month, so even if the person had to pay for electricity it would be less than that.

            Alternatively, if I spent $75/week on gasoline, and bought a $32,000 minivan, my monthly payments on the vehicle alone would be $597/month. That wouldn’t include five oil changes and a brake job that I’d need over the course of the loan. Add in $300 for gasoline, and it’s already more than the payment on a Tesla.

            If people can afford a new minivan, they can afford to trade in a car for a Tesla.

            I understand that if you are poor, you might have no clue what it costs to own a car, but people who can afford one will look at monthly expenses.

          • Stephen G

            LOL…of course it’s disposable…your not getting it back. You’re relying on allot of “if’s” and “incentives”. You’re loan calcs are way off..5 yr at 4.25 is $1584 on the Tesla and $689 on the Minivan. Don’t forget the 1000/yr property tax on Tesla and $400 for minivan. Current gas prices in SF are $3.75/gal and I’m not sure where you’re going at 500 miles/week and why a Tesla doesn’t need brakes but OK. Oil change is $20 every 5000 miles, that would be $100/year. Energy usage is $1300 Tesla, $3900 Minivan.
            Insurance cost Tesla $3300, $1500 Minivan. Buy the Minivan and have $52K left in your pocket at the end of 5 years. Also, if you invest that extra money…!

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  • Mr. EP9

    Yes, because driving through flood waters never backfired on anyone. Now what would have that driver done if that water shorted the batteries or electric motors?

    • Jay

      Probably the same thing if the car was an ICE and became hydro locked. 😂

  • db

    You can always tell when somebody is driving a car that is either leased or unpaid for.


    Are there any unbiased reporting anymore? The condescending tone is strong with this one.

    I can think of plenty of situations that is worth sacrificing your car for. He may be a fool. No one knows except for the driver.

    • Merc1

      He wasn’t biased or condescending either.


  • Mr. EP9

    Jesus Christ. The fanboy is strong with this.

  • Merc1

    “Teslas also have the ability to float for short periods of time,”

    Care to provide any proof of that?


  • TrevP


  • ” Elon Musk took to Twitter to say that Tesla did not recommend driving vehicles through floodwaters”

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      I’ve never seen you type in NOT CAPS LOCK.

      Can you please do this more often?

  • Robert Evans

    I am always amazed how reporters and the general public who know little or nothing about electricity or electric car design have such strong uninformed opinions. Do any of you know how well electric cars are waterproofed? Do any of you know how well electricity is conducted in pure water? Do any of you know how well electricity is conducted through slightly dirty water? No? Well then, maybe you should learn something about electricity first before spouting off.

    • JqC

      No one was sprouting off about EVs not fording water. It was a general admonition against doing this because of the possibility of obstructions or deeper than expected water. I expect an EV is better at this than most ICE models, but it’s still inadvisable.



  • Paul

    Coming soon to a used car lot near you.

  • JqC

    Until the Tesla Pickup, which I am willing to bet is going to have a boating package.

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