Tesla Model S had suffered two accident in 2013 that resulted file that received more news coverage than according to Tesla the other 200,000 gasoline car fires that took place in North America.
Tesla since upgraded the onboard computer system to increase the suspension during highway crossing speed. This update increase the ground clearance to elevate the car above potential objected that will cause underbody damage that could lead to car fire.
Today Tesla announced Model S has been outfitted with underbody shield. “Nonetheless, we felt it was important to bring this risk down to virtually zero to give Model S owners complete peace of mind. Starting with vehicle bodies manufactured as of March 6, all cars have been outfitted with a triple underbody shield.” said Tesla CEO Elan Musk.
Current Model S owner will also receive a free of charge triple underbody shield upon request or during their normal visit to Tesla service centers.
According to Mr. Musk, the side effect of the added shields is minimal: “In total, the shields only have a 0.1 percent impact on range and don’t affect ride or handling. Wind tunnel testing shows no discernible change in drag or lift on the car.”
Tesla conducted 152 tests “the shields prevented any damage that could cause a fire or penetrate the existing quarter inch of ballistic grade aluminum armor plate that already protects the battery pack.” Many kinds of debris were tested “ We have tried every worst case debris impact we can think of, including hardened steel structures set in the ideal position for a piking event, essentially equivalent to driving a car at highway speed into a steel spear braced on the tarmac.”
Read the entire press release here