tech2 News StaffJun 20, 2016 11:14:51 IST
Elon Musk, the product architect at Tesla Motors and CEO of SpaceX tweeted that the Model S floats on water and can briefly function like a boat, with the wheels generating some amount of thrust.
Elon Musk does not recommend this all the time, but drivers now know the limits of the car if they are in a pinch. The tweet was in response to a Russian video of a Model S navigating a flooded tunnel with a move through at least knee deep water that very much made the vehicle seem amphibious.
The video can be seen here. Jump to 25 seconds to skip right to the action.
The critical electronic components in the vehicle are waterproofed just for this reason. The drive unit and batteries could malfunction on coming in contact with water.
Users closer home tried to alert Elon Musk of the big business opportunity his cars could have in India. The yearly monsoons and the cities prone to flooding are an ideal environment for the Tesla Model S.
Finally, for those cracked jokes on an upgrade from the Tesla Model S to the Lotus Esprit submarine convertible from the James Bond movie, The Spy Who Loved Me, Elon Musk had another reveal. Musk is apparently working on a submersible sports car, as a side project, because of limited market potential.
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