A recent article on Quora is focused on the Tesla Model S and explores a topic we've yet to see mentioned.
The title, "What Happens When a Tesla Car Crashes," sums it up quite well.
This Model S Looks a Bit Beat Up
What you read below is the experience of one Model S driver (his wife happens to be the Model S owner) who had an unfortunate event occur while driving the electric Tesla.
Here's his story:
"Recently, I borrowed my wife’s Model S and was almost immediately sideswiped by a hit-and-run, resulting in our Model S spending several weeks in the Tesla-approved body shop in San Carlos."
"There are scores of Model S’s in various states of “accidentness” there. In fact, there’s an entire warehouse there full of crashed-up Teslas in various states of repair."
The Model S owner claims to have seen a lot at the Tesla-approved body shop in San Carlos while the Model S spent "several weeks" there.
Here’s what he says he learned:
- No fires, period. None. Tesla said this, but the body shop confirmed this. No charred cars have come into the body shop, despite having fixed hundreds of Roadsters and S’s in accidents.
- The Roadsters fall apart. Perhaps 20-30% or more of the Roadsters have to go through a rebuild, and the battery packs fail as well. This so far doesn’t seem to be remotely the case with the Model S.
- Tons of rear-end accidents. I can’t tell you for sure why. The reason may (or may not) be due to the default “Standard,” very aggressive, regenerative braking setting. With the higher reg on … the car behind perhaps isn’t going to see red lights as quickly as you slow down, which equals more rear-end accidents. Also, the overall super-quietness of the Model S may lead to more accidents.
- Just don’t get in an accident, due to parts availability. It takes a month to get parts and get fixed up. Also, the repairs aren’t cheap. So just don’t get in an accident.
- Hatches ripped off. Many high-end buyers don’t seem to be used to having a hatchback. They leave it up, drive out of their 5-car garages, and rip the hatch right off.
Perhaps some Model S owners out there who have "wrecked" their ride will chime in with their repair experience so we can get a broader view on the topic.