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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!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept: Targeting the Tesla Model X

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept: Targeting the Tesla Model X

The European Market Targets Tesla

Throughout the years, many manufacturers thought Tesla wouldn’t catch on – but they were wrong! Now, Tesla is a powerful automotive company. But, the times have changed and other manufacturers are going electric. This now includes Volkswagen. Recently, VW revealed a new concept vehicle that is targeting the Tesla Model X. The Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept is a full-size crossover EV that is fully autonomous. Currently, VW expects to sell this vehicle in the Chinese auto market in 2021. Hopefully, the car will have a cooler name than it does now.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Side with Doors Open - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Side with Doors Open – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

What? AppleSkin Interior? Is That a Joke? Nope!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Interior - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Interior – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

One of the most unique features of the Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept is the apple skin interior. Yes, you read that correctly. The ID Roomzz has upholstery made from apple waste that is produced during the apple juice making process. All of the lounge style seats within the vehicle wear VW‘s new AppleSkin material. To complement this material, the seats can rotate up to 25 degrees and fully recline for relaxation. Obviously, this is a mandatory feature in autonomous vehicles. While driving a vehicle manually is an amazing experience, imagine kicking up your feet in rush hour traffic while watch some TV or a movie. Sounds good!

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Reclining Rear Seating - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Reclining Rear Seating – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

VW is Pushing Hard for an EV Future

Volkswagen Press Conference at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show – The Wheel Network – YouTube

During the most recent reveal, VW made it clear that their vehicles will follow the EV future. Obviously, as seen in this article, is the Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept. But, prior to that, VW will release an all-electric ID hatchback and a compact crossover in 2020. And, after that, there will be a dune buggy, EV sedan, and the microbus. So, that is proof that VW sees electrical powertrains as the future.

Although, as with all vehicles, mileage is a concern. The ID Roomzz expects a range of 280 miles. While this is almost equivalent to a full tank of gas, vehicles will begin to surpass 300+ miles in the near future. By that, within the next few years. So, VW should aim for a slightly higher mileage, or at least make that motion on future models. Overall, the ID Roomzz is a pretty cool concept vehicle.

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept - Rear - Manufacturer Picture - EuroDrift

Volkswagen ID Roomzz Concept – Rear – Manufacturer Picture – EuroDrift

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E: Tesla’s New EV Competitor

Porsche Mission E to be Sold in 2019

In 2019, Porsche will begin selling the all-new Mission E sedan. The Porsche Mission E is a fully electric 4-seater sport sedan. The purpose of this vehicle is to compete in the electric vehicle industry which is the future of transportation. As expected, the Mission E has its eyes set on Tesla. On release, the Porsche Mission E will have a MSRP of about $85,000.

“Our core area of expertise lies in complex, efficient, and high-performance power trains – just look at the 918 Spyder or 919 Hybrid”, stated Stefan Weckbach, the Mission E project head.

Two Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PSMs)

The Porsche Mission E sedan will sport two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs). These were used in the Porsche 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans. This system allows for energy recovery while braking that can be used to continue propulsion. One of these motors powers the front axle while the other powers the rear. With these motors, the Mission E can hit 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds. Surprisingly, the Mission E can hit 124 mph in less than 12 seconds – phew. These motors produce a combined 600+ horsepower.

“Fifteen minutes is an acceptable amount of charging time. And with 800 volts, it’s also feasible.” – Stefan Weckbach

800 Volt Charging System

In the Porsche Mission E, the voltage is double the standard charging value at 800 volts. This allows for shorter charging times and decreases the overall weight of the vehicle. With a lithium-ion battery, the Mission E can drive more than 300 miles on a single charge. To get another 250 miles, simply recharge for 15 minutes – enough time to grab coffee, or a quick meal. With an 800 volt charging system, the Mission E can still be recharged at a typical 400 volt recharging station.

Electric Vehicles are the Future


Overall, the Porsche Mission E is expected to stir up the electric vehicle market. As Tesla currently holds reign in this sub-industry, Porsche and other brands will be making their appearances in the next few years. From Audi to Mercedes-Benz to Porsche, each brand understands the need for a motion towards a fully electric future. Without an exhaust, the cars may not sound the same but they sure are just as fact – if not faster. In the end, auto enthusiasts will probably be happy to take the Mission E for a ride, or two.

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