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Tesla Explodes in Shanghai Parking Garage Next to an Audi

Tesla Explodes in Shanghai Parking Garage Next to an Audi

Tesla Explosion Damages Audi in Shanghai Parking Garage

Recently, in a parking garage in Shanghai, China, a Tesla Model S randomly exploded unexpectedly. Although Tesla seriously believes these EVs explode less than typical cars, it does happen. Moreover, it tends to happen on camera more often than not. But that isn’t a red flag that the car isn’t reliable. Tesla builds great quality vehicles of the future, now. As with any car, problems are something that happen to almost everyone at some point. But, truthfully, not everyone has a Tesla that randomly explodes while in a parking garage. To no surprise, this is not too far from where Tesla is building the Gigafactory 3. So, that leaves some people wondering… but that’s not of interest here.

Ah! The Poor Audi! Why!? How Could This Happen!?

Audi & Tesla in Parking Garage - During Tesla Model S Explosion - CNBC - EuroDrift

Audi & Tesla in Parking Garage – During Tesla Model S Explosion – CNBC – EuroDrift

After watching the video, some may feel sorry for the Tesla – but what about the Audi? And the parking garage? From the video, it seems the explosion leads to fire damage on the Audi next to it. Furthermore, the video doesn’t show what happens to the garage itself. Typically, fire damage can be critical on any structure, regardless of material. So, on top of a totaled Tesla, there’s a damaged Audi and parking garage. And, this doesn’t even show any other cars that may have been affected by this explosion. Hopefully, the Tesla owner has insurance, because they’re probably going to need it! Overall, EVs are actually quite safe, so don’t let this deter the consideration to buy one.

Is Parking Next to a Tesla Safe? Yes.

Tesla to investigate apparent Model S explosion in China – CNBC Television – YouTube

In the end, this scenario may leave some people wondering, “is parking next to a Tesla safe?”. Well, yes it is. Why? Because most Tesla models don’t explode, and that’s a fact. Take a look around, there’s Tesla models cruising every major city worldwide. So, it is quite reliable. Unfortunately for the Audi owner, their car was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And, that can happen to anyone. So, parking next to a Tesla isn’t a bad idea… just make sure to have insurance! Just kidding, but insurance is required by law anyway. And, to really think about it, the car wasn’t even active on the road – it was in a parking garage with nobody inside. Overall, this is most likely just a miscellaneous outlier in data rather than a serious issue, so don’t be afraid of EVs!

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drops from 3rd Story of Parking Garage

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drops from 3rd Story of Parking Garage

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Mercedes-Benz G-Class - Crash from 3rd Story of Parking Garage - PIGUES15 on Twitter - NBC News - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz G-Class – Crash from 3rd Story of Parking Garage – PIGUES15 on Twitter – NBC News – EuroDrift

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, a series of unfortunate events occurred in Los Angeles, California. A driver was attempting to park a Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the 3rd story of a garage. Unfortunately, the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes. From here, chaos began to unfold right before everyone’s eyes. According to ABC7 Los Angeles, the vehicle drove through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall and plummeted to the street below. Yes, this car fell 3 stories right into the street of LA. Landing on its roof, the driver is lucky to be alive. The event took place on the 5400 block of Tujunga Avenue, near Magnolia Boulevard.

The Driver is in Stable Condition

Broken Glass Wall - Parking Garage in Los Angeles - CBS News - EuroDrift

Broken Glass Wall – Parking Garage in Los Angeles – CBS News – EuroDrift

Thankfully, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now in stable condition. At first, it was questionable as the driver was critically injured from the fall. The last statement by Los Angeles Police Department was that the driver was “alert and talking”. LAPD has ruled out DUI, so the driver will most likely walk away with no charges. But, possibly a battle with the parking garage company and it’s insurance. As everyone knows, neither of them will want to cover the driver’s damages to the structure.

”How Could This Happen?”

Driver Survives After SUV Flies Off 3rd Story of Parking Garage, Lands Upside Down – CBS Los Angeles – YouTube

A question many people may have on mind is, “how could this happen?”. Well, incidents in parking lots occur all the time. Just as driving on the road, parking isn’t free of incidents. On a daily basis, cars are bumped about in cities worldwide. Sometimes, people mistakenly hit the wrong peddle. Unfortunately, this time, the driver didn’t have enough time to correct the issue. Sometimes, people get lucky and avoid accidents. In conclusion, although the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is most likely irreparable, the driver is okay.

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

Audi AI:ME – An Autono-Pod Concept Vehicle

A Fully Autonomous EV Concept by Audi

As with the recent trend, Audi is continuing its path towards the fully autonomous EV future of the auto industry. For the current ongoing Shanghai Auto Show, the Audi AI:ME made its debut to the public. Specifically, this car is targeting “megacities” where large populations live in vast cities with high traffic. Being fully autonomous, electric, and customizable, this car is pretty cool. But, no one will technically own one of these cars. The goal for Audi is to market these vehicles as shareable and short-term rentable. In reality, not only will less vehicles on the road benefit city traffic, it’d probably keep a lot more money in people’s pockets. Parking garages in major cities in the U.S. can easily charge a few hundred dollars to park monthly.

Audi AI:ME - Side - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Side – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

168-Horsepower Electric Motor with 65 kWh Battery

Audi AI:ME - Dashboard - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Dashboard – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

The Audi AI:ME will sport a 168-horsepower electric motor. This will work in conjunction with a 65-kWh battery. Not surprisingly, this is the same as the Volkswagen I.D. that will be releasing as well. And, to the disappointment of possibly many, this car is built to travel between 12 and 47 mph. Yep… that was read correctly. This is because most major cities are so dense with traffic, that these speeds aren’t far off anyway. Heading on a road trip won’t be optimal in this car but getting around a “megacity” shouldn’t be a problem.

Why not kick up your feet and take a ride? It sounds a lot better than sitting in the driver seat doing absolutely nothing anyway but waiting. Most people in busy areas know how it is… gas, pedal, gas, pedal, gas, PEDAL! Why’d that guy slam the brakes! Jeez!

Audi AI:ME - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Commuting in a Relaxing Environment

Audi AI:ME – could this car spawn an all-new A2 EV? – carwow – YouTube

As with most fully autonomous vehicles, the steering wheel and pedals aren’t necessary to get around. So, to no surprise, the Audi AI:ME’s steering wheel and pedals retract away for additional space. To top it off, a picnic type table pops out for use during the journey. Depending on the passengers preferences, the lighting and seat config can be altered for max comfort. This includes power retraction of the rear seats. Furthermore, this car has active dampers for a comfortable ride.

As per the final notable attribute, this car has a body of aluminum, plastic, and steel. Yes, plastic! As long as its safe, this car will be awesome for the city people.

Audi AI:ME - Rear Corner - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Audi AI:ME – Rear Corner – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

How to Care for Your Car in the Winter

During the winter, it’s important to protect both your car’s interior and exterior from the elements. Just keeping it free from dirt and road chemicals can help prevent corrosion as well as maintain a beautiful appearance. We recommend that all car owners follow the “Winter Car Care Checklist” below:


Winter Car Care Checklist

Wash Your Car – FREQUENTLY!
● Dry it Thoroughly
● Wax It – Yes, It Takes Time – But It’s Worth It!
● Clean the Interior – Properly & Thoroughly
● Monitor and Maintain All Fluid Levels
● Install Rubber Floor Mats
● Don’t Park Outside – or at Least Use a Car Cover

 

Wash Your Car – FREQUENTLY!

During the winter, we recommend that you wash your car about every ten days. If it’s particularly nasty outside, you might even want to do it once a week. We know it’s cold outside and the last thing you want to do is mess with a water hose and bucket. An automatic car wash can easily knock off the dirt, and you don’t even have to get out of the car.

On the warmer days, you can spend the extra time it takes to do it right. The point is to make sure you get that road grime off the undercarriage and fenders of your car. If you don’t, it will only take a couple of seasons for rust to show up. That is something you DON’T want!

Use a high-pressure hose and fresh water for cleaning the car. At home, the best way to dissolve salt off your vehicle is with baking soda. Add a generous swig into your wash bucket and use warm water. Make sure you rinse it completely! The baking soda will leave a residue if it’s not rinsed.
As a matter of point, you should always use warm water to wash your car – not hot – warm. Be careful not to do this on days where the temperatures are below freezing. The warm water could cause extremely cold windows to crack.
Use a sponge for soaping and avoid shop towels. Some shop towels contain bits of metal that can scratch the surface of your paint. When cleaning the exterior, make sure to wash under the door handles, behind the mud flaps, and in and around all crevices and cracks of the car. Pay particularly close attention to the undercarriage. That is where the road salt accumulates.

 

Dry Your Car Thoroughly

Running it under one of those hot air blowers at the end of the automatic car wash is NOT going to do the trick. It is important that you dry all the water off the vehicle. Those blowers are better than nothing, but they leave behind droplets. If left untreated, the water may freeze on the car. Granted, most cars have to put up with a bit of ice in the winter. However, if you are washing your car as often as you should, the paint could start to suffer from the frozen liquid.

Make sure you leave the doors open and let the trapped water dry out. Seal the vehicle’s surfaces only after it dries out completely. A chamois is inexpensive and very good for drying off cars. Microfiber towels also work well. Carry a few in your trunk, and you’ll have them when you need them.

To get the car dried before it has a chance to freeze, you may need to wash it in sections. Start with the roof and then work your way to the other sections: driver’s side, passenger’s side, front end, and rear end.

We suggest you start with the roof, for the same reason your mother cleans her house from the top floor down. In the case of your car, water and dirt fall according to gravity. Starting at the top means you won’t dampen areas you already dried.

If water freezes on the car, simply use the hose to remove the ice then clean and dry the region quickly to prevent another occurrence. When using the hose, attempt to aim the hose in a downward direction and avoid spraying other regions of the car. Then, simply dry the sections as you go.

Wax Your Car

No, you don’t have to wax your car every time you wash it. However, you do need to make sure you do a thorough waxing just before the winter season hits. The wax will protect the finish and paint of your vehicle. This is important considering all the abuse your paint takes throughout the

season. Waxing helps preserve the oils in the car’s paint, which lessens the likelihood of oxidation. Delamination and fading lead to costly paint touch-up or repainting. Trust me; it is much less expensive to add that extra coat of wax.

Even though you don’t have to wax every time you wash your car, you really should if possible. When waxing the vehicle, give special attention to its lower parts, such as the quarter panels, the front grille, and behind the wheels, where salt and ice will impact the most. To ensure a smooth application, warm the rag that you’ll be using for applying the wax. Alternatively, you can also use a hair dryer to warm the car’s surface for a more effective application of wax.

 

Clean the Interior – Properly & Thoroughly

There is nothing harder on the interior of a car than snow, slush, and mud. Every person that gets in and out has it on their shoes. Your floor mats are going to start looking pretty bad if you don’t keep them cleaned.

Each time you wash the outside of your car, take a few minutes to vacuum out the interior. Run a duster over the dash and use spot cleaner on the upholstery. If you have leather seats, make sure you get a good leather cleaner. Salt can destroy leather. If you have cloth floor mats – consider getting rubber ones (see below). Shampoo or soap down your floor mats and dry them thoroughly.

 

Monitor and Maintain Fluid Levels

Cold weather is hard on a car. It takes a while to warm up the engine and fluids tend to move around sluggishly until it gets going. To ensure the smooth function of your car during the cold weather, it’s crucial that you maintain its fluid levels.

The very first thing you need to do is to replace the windshield washing fluid from summer with a winter blend. You do NOT want your washer fluid freezing on your windshield as you are driving down the road.

You also need to check the coolant and oil levels of the vehicle to eliminate the possibilities of internal damage. Keep the gas tank at least halfway full to keep the gas lines from freezing. By maintaining the fluid levels, you can avoid any unnecessary car downtime in the snow.

 

Install Rubber Floor Mats

While this seems like a no-brainer, it’s amazing how many people don’t have winter floor mats. There are all sorts of rubberized mats available, in all price ranges. Some companies sell mats specifically designed to fit certain models of car, or you can buy universal mats.

If you don’t have mats, at least put down a thick towel or, in a pinch, a trash bag. Use anything you can find to keep that salt and water off your floors. It’s not just the look of the floor mats that you need to worry about. Your car’s floorboards can rust through from the top just as easily as they can from the bottom. Keep them dry!

 

Don’t Park Outside – or at Least Use a Car Cover

All cars deserve a heated garage, but sadly, most car owners have other things to worry about, like mortgages and hungry kids. If you can pamper your vehicle by keeping it in a heated garage – do it!

If you have an unheated garage and can clear out the bikes, mowers, and trash bins to make room for your car – do it!

However, if you don’t have a garage (or you just can’t clean out enough junk to make it usable) the least you can do is cover your car. Find parking in a clean, snow-free place. Purchase a car cover for the whole car if possible. You can buy custom car covers and universal ones from any number of suppliers. At the very least – get a windshield cover. You won’t be able to protect your paint – but you can at least save yourself the rigors of scraping.

Next to your home, your car is more than likely the second largest financial investment you’ve made. With just a little bit of care and prevention, you can keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and retain some of its value. Don’t let winter grime destroy your vehicle with delamination, cracking, or rust. Follow our “Winter Car Care Checklist” and keep your ride looking good.

 

Additional Tips for Winter Car Care

▪ Keep an ice scraper and snow shovel in your car year around, so you don’t forget.
▪ Apply tire coating or cleaner in order to ensure smooth functioning of your vehicle.
▪ Clean the windshield properly during the winter by using anti-frost washer fluid.
▪ If you have to park your car outdoors, cover it properly with a quality cover.
▪ Replace wiper blades every year to make sure you have optimal visibility.
▪ Use a mild shampoo when washing your car and dry it thoroughly.
▪ Tire cleaners can help remove salt from the sidewalls and treads.

 

References
http://www.angieslist.com/articles/dont-get-salty-5-ways-keep-your-car-clean-winter.htm
http://www.autogeek.net/winter-car-care.html
https://www.stouffvilletoyotascion.ca/resources/2014-02-14-clean-and-safe/
https://www.turtlewax.com/pro-tips/how-to-prep-your-car-for-winter
http://www.wikihow.com/Wash-Your-Car-in-the-Wintertime

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