Netease TechCrunch reported on August 12 that a Tesla electric car crashed on a highway near Moscow on the evening of the 11th local time, then caught fire and exploded twice. Fortunately, the car was only slightly injured, but the car was scrapped.
Its not clear what type of car it is, but it could be ModelS or Model3. At that time, the car was driven by a 41-year-old Russian man with several children. It is reported that the driver used driving assistance (probably not autopilot) and his hand was still on the steering wheel when he hit a trailer in the left lane.
According to Reuters, the drivers leg was broken and the children were only scratched, but the car was not so lucky. The car caught fire after the crash, and two explosions occurred in the interior shortly afterwards. The firemen quickly arrived and put out the fire. The details of the accident are still unclear, but there is no doubt that it will lead to an investigation. Tesla has not yet commented.
Although car crashes and fires are quite common phenomena, Tesla automobiles have repeatedly experienced the problem of fire after crashes, even spontaneous combustion. Of course, battery-powered cars are more likely to catch fire, but the reports surrounding them may lead to misconceptions about these dangers. In fact, compared with other brands of electric vehicles, Tesla car crash accident frequency is not high, and fire is less common.
It is not clear whether the accident involves automatic driving system. The driver assistance mode used by drivers may be just cruise control or similar functions. The driver said he had not noticed the trailer. (Small)
Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541