Elon Musk‘s all-electric self-driving Tesla vehicles definitely have so much going for them, however affordability is not certainly one of them.
A brand new Tesla Model 3 can price up to £44000, whereas the high-end Tesla Model S can price as a lot as £138,000.
That’s earlier than you consider repairs. Unlike a daily car, which may simply be taken to a mechanic and given a fast MOT, Tesla repairs should be authorised by the corporate itself—they usually aren’t low cost, particularly in case your guarantee has run out or been voided.
One Tesla owner, Finnish YouTuber Tuomas Katainen (aka Pommijätkät), determined he wasn’t up for paying for a £16,000 battery alternative, opting to blow it up with 30 kilos of dynamite as an alternative.
Katainen and his associates stripped the car of its dearer components, such because the battery and the motor, then took it to an previous quarry outdoors Helsinki and strapped it stuffed with high-powered TNT.
They then set up slow-motion cameras throughout the car and dropped a model of Elon Musk into the drivers seat from a helicopter.
Kaitainen retreated to a blast shelter and acquired to press an enormous button. In the video, the car explodes in an enormous fireball.
The video has gained at the very least 5 million views, and prompted quite a few feedback concerning the man’s actions.
One Twitter person mentioned: “So he was sad and blew up his car? Please inform me this clearly unstable man is on a watchlist!
“I do not personal a Tesla however am a car fanatic and it is by no means been a secret how costly a battery alternative is. Considering the car has no different upkeep like a traditional experience.”
On YouTube, others have been extra congratulatory. “It’s not about cash, it is about sending a message,” one commenter wrote.
“Hopefully Tesla will provide higher restore choices after seeing this video. Great work and wonderful Finnish surroundings,” mentioned one other.
Despite the video, Tesla vehicles are booming in reputation as the corporate provides extra options to their automobiles on a regular basis.
This week it was introduced that Tesla vehicles are getting a ‘street rage mode’ due to the inclusion of three new driver profiles which modify the best way the car’s AI ‘drives itself’ on the roads.
‘Assertive’ mode (which is being affectionately titled ‘street rage mode’) may turn into the bane of different drivers’ lives.
If activated, Tesla drivers are knowledgeable that their automobiles “can have a smaller observe distance, carry out extra frequent pace lane adjustments, won’t exit passing lanes and will carry out rolling stops.”