An insurance company has faked a Tesla battery fire and accident as part of a strange showcase to show that electric cars cause more accidents.
Tesla vehicles have been tested by several auto safety agencies around the world, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which recently gave the Tesla Model Y its highest possible safety rating.
When I received an email informing me that an insurance company crash tested a Tesla Model S last week, I again expected to see segment-leading results, but instead they talked about how How they “managed to flip the vehicle and it caught fire.”
I quickly dismissed the report, after seeing how ridiculous their crash test looked and the fact that they decided to use a Model S that is at least six years old:
It didn’t make sense to me so I decided not to report on it, but now it turns out the crash test was even more bizarre than I thought.
24auto.de Confirmed that AXA Insurance faked the accident completely by pulling the vehicle to launch and then activating pyrotechnics to fake fire:
The alleged crash test by AXA Insurance is fast becoming a show event without any real knowledge: as the company admitted at the request of 24auto.de, the vehicles tested had no batteries. According to the press office, “it would have been very dangerous to set fire to the battery because of the guests in attendance, which is why the battery cells of the electric cars were removed prior to testing”. With the same logic, the insurance company also set fire to a pyrotechnic-tested Tesla Model S.
The entire “crash test” showcase was part of the promotion of a report by AXA, where they claimed that electric vehicles cause more collisions with damage:
“A look at the AXA data shows that drivers of electric cars report 50 percent more collisions with damage to their own vehicles than conventional combustion engines. Drivers of high-performance electric cars run through collisions with standard combustion engines. Do more than twice as much damage to themselves as to vehicles.”
Of course, you can tell the data a lot, but in this case, AXA has decided not to compare vehicles per segment. In fact, electric vehicles tend to accelerate faster on average due to instant torque, and some people can’t handle electricity, which can lead to accidents.
It looks like Tesla Crash Theatrics was fabricated just to show it. Is it worth it?
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