What happens when you try to drive a Tesla Model S Plaid under 2 meters of water?

In theory, it is easier to drive an electric vehicle under water than a vehicle with an SUS engine. The YouTube channel Chillin ‘with Chet decided to put the theory into practice, trying to drive the Tesla Model S Plaid under 2 meters of water.

As is often the case, applying the theory proved much more difficult than you might expect, and the test somehow failed, he writes. Jutarnji.hr. The challenges of performing the experiment were too great, but the video remains a good indicator of why underwater driving is difficult. Namely, the theory that EVs can drive under water stems from the fact that electric motors do not need air to work, unlike their alternatives with internal combustion. Therefore, Tesla’s Model S Plaid does not need any modifications for underwater driving.

However, there is a risk of a short circuit in the electrical system. Again, theoretically, electric vehicles should be well insulated to withstand a good amount of water, because they do not want a short circuit in case of rain or flood. Then there is the driver and his need for air. What this test really struggles with is the balance between the need to introduce as little water as possible into the system and the need for the car to actually sink.

Even with the added weight of about 1800 kilograms, Tesla simply continues to float over the water ditch instead of sinking into it. The test proves unsuccessful because the car refuses to sink. At one point, Tesla shuts down, but does not break down. Eventually, it comes out of the water on its own, though not through it.

Source: Jutarnji.hr

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