Hundreds of battery cells flew out and at least two hit windows.
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This article has been translated from our English edition.
This story originally appeared on Engadget
The owner of a Tesla Model 3 crashed his car with such force that the electric vehicle’s battery broke and threw the battery cells all over the area. Corvallis, Oregon Police Department posted details of the accident on Facebook, revealing that the owner was traveling at over 100 mph. The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, knocked over a power pole and felled two trees and a telephone socket. The impact broke the seal on the electric vehicle’s battery and caused hundreds of cells to disperse: at least two struck through the windows of a house, one landed on someone’s lap and another on someone else’s bed. which started a small fire.
According to a Model 3 battery breakdown by YouTube inventor Jack Rickard, the Model 3 battery already uses an epoxy that makes cells extremely difficult to remove. While the collision may have been too severe for the epoxy, we reached out to Tesla to ask what the company believes happened and if there are any ways to prevent the cells from being blown away in the event of another collision in the future will.
As you can imagine, the vehicle itself was destroyed. One of its tires even flew with such force that it hit the second floor of an apartment complex, enough to break water pipes and flood units on the first floor. The driver himself got out of the accident alive and tried to escape on foot; allegedly tested positive for cannabis and charged with driving under the influence. Now Corvallis police are asking residents to look for cells in the area as authorities may not have recovered every one of them. The cells can stay hot and cause burns for up to 24 hours, police warned. In addition, they can release toxic gases and filter pollutants.