Tesla Model X Moves in “Boat Mode” During Hurricane Ian

One riveting tech story of the latest Hurricane Ian is Jeremy Judkins’s escape from the waters in “boat mode,” as reported by CleanTechnica.

First, what’s the Tesla “boat mode”? The flexibility for tesla automobiles to drift and be comparatively waterproof shouldn’t be an official characteristic (don’t attempt it!), however one thing that has been seen and just lately touted by Elon Musk for the Tesla CyberTruck, for instance.

“Cybertruck might be waterproof sufficient to serve briefly as a ship, so it could cross rivers, lakes & even seas that aren’t too uneven” (via Twitter)

In 2020, Elon Musk additionally relayed details about a Mannequin S, which floated sufficient to show right into a steerable, shifting boat for “a brief time frame.” It’s unclear if the wheels touched the bottom – this is a vital element we don’t know.

In 2021, Teslarati reported one other occasion of a person driving via a “flooded freeway” in China. All these situations led folks to make use of that “Tesla boat mode.”

Returning to the latest hurricane Ian, Twitter person Jeremy Judkins discovered that his house was not protected from flooding regardless of being 35 toes above sea degree.

The route he took was flooded, however his Tesla Mannequin X might transfer round in “boat mode,” like in earlier situations we described. Within the video, it seems just like the wheels are nonetheless in touch with the highway.

On the one hand, we might by no means suggest anybody to do that (neither is Tesla). Then again, it’s fairly superb the Tesla automobiles in these numerous movies might pull this off.

Not having a fuel engine and apparently having a “waterproof sufficient” development made it doable in these particular situations.

The total video:

In the long run, CleanTechnica says that Jenery Judkins’s home had minor harm, in all probability resulting from its elevated location. It’s unbelievable what know-how and engineering can do – particularly for the reason that automobiles weren’t designed with that particular use case.

You can think about every kind of situations the place it might be a horrible concept to dunk a large battery into water. Nevertheless, nothing like that occurred. Phew!

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