Tesla Model 3: breaks after accident and batteries fly away

In the US, the electricity hit a pole and its batteries broke the casing that contained them, even ending up in nearby homes. The driver was under the influence of cannabis

A Tesla Model 3 at the side of the half-destroyed road after hitting a light pole. This is the scene that police officers from Corvallis, Oregon (United States) found themselves in front of. The condition of the car made people fear the worst for those on board, but the accident proved to have no consequences for the driver, the only occupant of the car, who escaped after the crash and was found three quarters away: how local press reports, he fled because he was under the influence of cannabis. After the surveys, it emerged that the car was proceeding at about 160 km / h before leaving the road.

BROKEN ENCLOSURE

The accident only confirms the high safety standards of the Tesla Model 3, among the best cars ever tested by the European Ncap and the American Nhtsa, specialized in impact simulations (the well-known crash tests), but also highlight a problem of electric cars. The Model 3 in the Standard Range version is powered by 2,976 lithium-ion batteries, divided into 96 packs of 31 batteries each; the Long Range version, with more autonomy, has 96 packs of 46 batteries, for a total of 4,416 cells. After the particularly violent impact, the envelope covering the packages was damaged and hundreds of batteries flew away, ending up in nearby homes. And so, the Corvallis police had to report the danger via Facebook.

HOW TO INTERVENE

According to what was written in the post, batteries can cause skin burns, release toxic gases and emit substances harmful to people and animals, so the police recommended not to touch them and to call an emergency number to ask for intervention. experts. The Corvallis accident was an extreme case, in light of the violence of the impact, and not all collisions lead to the rupture of the battery casing, but it is clear that precise guidelines must be learned and followed on how to intervene after an accident. involving an electric car. Here then are those of the firefighters, in the article below.

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