Tesla Buyer Takes Delivery, Immediately Crashes Model S – Update: Supercharging Mishap
After apparently waiting to take delivery of this shiny new Tesla Model S, the buyer then proceeded to wreck it before even driving it off the lot.
Reddit user s1lentway provides some context:
“We believe this is someone who just got their car. They must have been driving it for less than a minute and lost control, crashing right into the sign missing the show room glass windows only by a few inches. Not the way you want to start out driving a brand new $70K + car that took a few months to make for you.”
Of course, this wrecked Tesla is at Tesla’s Fremont store, right in front of the Tesla factory.
How embarrassing, right?
Our guess is that the buyer just wasn’t quite ready for the instant mounds of torque the Model S provides. At least repairs will take place only a few feet away, meaning there’s probably no need for a tow truck this time.
Disclaimer: We do note the vehicle already has an HOV sticker affixed on the rear driver’s side – which may indicate that the original reporting on the scene on this vehicle being new may not be 100% accurate.
Update: As expected by the presence of the HOV sticker, it turns out unintended acceleration at the Supercharging station was the cause (not unfamiliarity with the Model S) as a lady was looking to charge her car by backing into a Supercharging station…instead she hit the accelerator and obliterated Tesla’s sign and the front end of her car.