Tesla has received a lot of bad press for a series of fires that have struck their electric-powered cars, but CEO Elon Musk wants you to know it's not a big deal. In a post on Medium today, Musk reminded people that the car fires are rare and no one has ever been killed in a Telsa.
But just in case you're still uneasy, he's going to add obstacle-destroying armor plating to every Telsa S to make his cars even more indestructible. The company will install a "triple underbody shield" made of titanium and aluminum to the underside of all Tesla vehicles to further assuage worried buyers. They'll even retrofit previous models for existing owners.
The fears of a flaming Tesla stem from the vehicle's lithium-ion battery, compared to the lead-acid battery that most vehicles use. Some battery experts have questioned the safety of the lithium-ion batteries, arguing that the newer technology is prone to overheating and fires. That worry surfaced when dramatic video and photos of a massive Tesla fire, caused by a punctured underbody, went viral last October, sending Tesla stocks down. A few number of similar stories of Tesla fires have appeared in the months since.