Elon Musk Blog Post On Tesla Fires

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a new blog post addressing the news of his cars catching on fire.

The full post is below.

Musk reiterates that the Model S is one of the safest cars on the road.

„Despite multiple high-speed accidents, there have been no deaths or serious injuries in a Model S of any kind ever,“ says Musk. „Of course, at some point, the law of large numbers dictates that this, too, will change, but the record is long enough already for us to be extremely proud of this achievement.“

Alex Davis, der ebenfalls für Business Insider schreibt, hat sich offizielle Zahlen des Verkehrsministeriums besorgt und dann mal nachgerechnet:

According to the Department of Transportation, in 2010, Americans drove 2.999 trillion miles. That year, there were 308,745,538 people in the country, and .78 vehicles per person, for a total of 240,821,520 vehicles — the vast majority of which are powered by gasoline.

So for the U.S. in 2010, that makes 1 fire for every 1,305 vehicles, and 1 fire for every 16.26 million miles driven.

Now let’s look at Tesla. According to Musk, there are about 25,000 Model S cars on the road worldwide, and they have driven over 100 million miles (we’ll round that down). There have been 3 fires.

So for Tesla, that makes 1 fire for every 8,333 cars, and 1 fire for every 33.3 million miles driven.

Die Zahlen sprechen eindeutig für Tesla-Chef Elan Musk.

Dass er sich über die „negative“ Berichterstattung ärgert ist verständlich. Aber das ist nunmal Teil des Gesamtpakets an Aufmerksamkeit die Firmenlenker Musk und Tesla bekommt. Aber gut, dass mal einer nachgerechnet hat.