Tesla Motors Inc Model S Goes Crazy After Lightning Strike [VIDEO]

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Tesla Motors Inc Model S Goes Crazy After Lightning Strike [VIDEO]
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Tesla Model S was affected by a nearby lightning strike while it was plugged in for charging at a supercharger station. The event was captured by the car’s owner, Sarah Day, in a video that was posted on YouTube. Though the video does not show much except the lightening strike, the owner described the incident and its after-effects in much more detail.

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Tesla Model S dashboard showed errors

In an interview with Teslarati, Sarah revealed that after the lightning strike, the car’s dashboard displayed almost nine errors. These errors were signaled by different warning lights on the dashboard, which were referred to as “Christmas lights” by the Model S owner. Some of them warned about low charging battery status, leading to the deactivation of a few features, while some suggested that the car needed repairing. Moreover, the warnings indicated that the 12-volt battery was low and that the car was unable to be charged. Eventually, the battery died, and the car’s touchscreen system went offline.

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“Lightning struck near my Tesla while supercharging. The car went nuts and the 12v battery almost died. It couldn’t even be towed because the supercharger cable couldn’t be disconnected.” said Sarah.

After a few attempts, the battery was rendered functional by a tow truck driver.

Direct impact would have had no affect

It is worth noting that such a mishap occurred even when the supercharger system is supposed to possess several internal features to prevent damage from a sudden increase in power. It is predicted that the Tesla Model S suffered such impairments due to the indirect nature of the strike, as the lightning directly hitting the car would have resulted in its body acting as a Faraday cage to prevent any further calamity. Thus, it appears that the lightning first hit the supercharger system, which further directed it to the car’s internal systems.

It is still unclear if being an all-electric vehicle had something to do with the malfunctioning observed in the Model S. So far, Tesla has very firmly opined that the vulnerabilities associated with an electric car in the case of a lightning strike are no different from the dangers experienced by a normal car that runs on gasoline.

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  1. Oh Grasshopper, you have so much to learn about financials:
    Those Q1 financials: The company reported net income of $11 million on total revenue of $562 million. Yes, a big 9 Cents a share!
    Tesla was profitable because it earned $68 million from selling Zero-Emission Vehicle credits (which it earns under California state laws governing vehicle emissions) to other automakers, and a further $17 million from selling Greenhouse Gas emission credits.
    It also logged $11 million in warrant liability reversals, along with $7 million in foreign currency adjustments.
    Take away the revenue sources that are a byproduct of Model S sales–both enabled by legislation, as a testy OpEd in the Wall Street Journal points out–and the financial adjustments, and the company lost $91 million on building and selling its cars (along with building and selling powertrains for so-called compliance cars to other automakers as well).
    On the Q1 earnings call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CFO Deepak Ahuja said that its financial planning assumes that revenue from selling emission credits would fall to zero by the end of the year, although it was possible that the number could be higher

  2. “this is gauged on an annual business”
    http://www.investopedia.com/terms/p/profit.asp
    Notice this definition does not give a period. Profitable is profitable – for a year, quarter, month, week, day, it doesn’t matter.
    If you can give a link to any widely accepted definition of “profitable” that states only annual business counts I’ll accept I’m an idiot.

    If not – I’ll keep assuming you are biased enough to move the goalposts when proven wrong.

  3. “Tesla Motors is in a very bad cash position, what JPMorgan’s Adam Jonas called “eye-watering” and the firm will need to execute the Model X perfectly if it wishes to go through the next year unharmed.”

    So they are sitting on a ton of cash? Guess that is why a top auto industry analyst from JP Morgan states that they are in a very bad cash position. I believe I am going to have to go with his insight rather than yours, that seems to focus on one quarter back in 2013 (twelve weeks) when they filed their 10K SEC Report. Your not worthy of any more comments. Hope your “not telling anyone else they are sitting on a ton of cash”, someone just may be following the company and stock such as I do.
    Again, I like the car, but there is some issues with the company and the car has not updated since 2013 in appearance. The car does not strike many buyers as a 100K plus car. Retooling a new model S would kill Tesla at this point. How many years are we going to look at this 2013 model?
    Buyers are looking a new releases for 2016 now, they aren’t running back to a model they saw nearly three years ago. In addition, the price of gas is projected to go down to 2.40’s at the end of this 2015 summer and remain there for the rest of the year. This sadly does not play well for Tesla. There are more and more cars hitting the 600 HP range, Corvette, Challenger, Cadillac and new 2016 Camaro for US brands (priced way lower), though Challenger is actually owned by Fiat, plus all the exotics like Porsche, Maserati, etc., that are also quite innovative in this price range.

  4. “Tesla Motors is in a very bad cash position, what JPMorgan’s Adam Jonas called “eye-watering” and the firm will need to execute the Model X perfectly if it wishes to go through the next year unharmed.’ Dated June 12, 2015

    Tons of Cash? Doesn’t looks the same to top auto analyst at JP Morgan

  5. Tesla Motors is in a very bad cash position, what JPMorgan’s Adam Jonas called “eye-watering” and the firm will need to execute the Model X perfectly if it wishes to go through the next year unharmed.

  6. Agreed, Telsa is not currently profitable which is clearly, without a doubt correct. In fact, they state they do not know when they are going to be profitable. Turning a profit for 12 weeks in 2013 does not make a corporation a profitable as a corporation when that twelve weeks was over 2 years ago. Stop stretching the truth of the company by looking at a quarterly report in 2013. They have yet to make money (this is gauged on an annual business) you idiot.

  7. I never said “Tesla is profitable”. I said “Tesla was profitable”, as opposed to your statement “has yet to turn a profit”, which is clearly wrong.
    Go take a reading class, you obviously need it.

  8. Turning a profit back in 2013 for one quarter does not mean the company is making money selling cars in the industry. Your idea of finance and basic accounting leave much to be desired. Go take a 101 course at your local community college. No respected person would say, “Yes, Tesla is profitable company, they had 12 weeks back in 2013” that they once reported a profit.
    You’re a little goofy my friend! So that means since 2013 they had three quarters of no profit, four quarters in 2014 and no quarters in 2015 that are projected to show a profit. Let me sum that up for you, 11 quarters no profit, 1 quarter profit, with a high government subsidized business (that, they should take advantege of, yet you want to hang on to one quarter two years ago. Truly you’re joking? Please, let someone else manage your finances and retirement.

  9. I gave you the exact quarter they were profitable and you just replied with “no they are not turning a profit selling cars to date”.
    All the rest of your comment is irrelevant. No, electric is not for everyone. This does not change the facts.
    I wish you good luck on your world where assertions matter more than facts. In case you want to drop by on Earth some day you might as well bring some evidence for your claims.

  10. if power surge goes to the car through the SuperCharger cable, the faraday cage doesn’t do anything. So yea, there is difference if lightning strikes the car or SuperCharger system.

  11. Boy, you fanboys think this car is a religion, it’s a damn car.
    The Lincoln Navigator has nothing to do with a Tesla, it is the antithisis of a Tesla, the point is, it sold more units in the United States than the Tesla in May.
    Hey, if everything you say worked and will work as predicted, the stock would be a lot higher. Many are not so rosy about the challenges that Tesla will face from the competition and their ability to hit their sales numbers. If they don’t hit their sales numbers, and are not profitable and this is widely written about by wall street, they are going to have problems. The largest problems in the marketing environment are the competition. Nobody even expected a Chevy Bolt (new small electric car) to hit the market and a second generation Nissan Leaf. These competitors (please, never assume there is not going to be competition in the auto market) may hurt Tesla extensively. Advertising cost money, the big boys are pros at it and have extensive line ups, you better hope what it cost to acquire that Tesla buyer (through advertisement) makes a profit. That is the issue. The company must be profitable and to date, it is not, By the time they are projecting profit, the Model S will be stale, over 5 years old.
    Not sure you are going to have a lot of adopters then, your celebrity crowd will move on to the next thing that makes them look hip and environmental friendly, just like they use to drive all Toyota Prius’s. Most Americans don’t choose their cars on celebrity buying habits. Also, often these cars, as many other things are placed their, like jewelry, i-watches, etc. for advertisement. I have been in the auto industry a long time
    Tesla surprised everyone years ago, but many large car companies are catching up quickly over the next couple years. Sadly, this will be the critical time for Tesla to post profits for investors. We will see how it plays out. If your that sold, but all your retirement savings in the company, you will be set. I would have to advise against that though, if you have a spouse or want to leave your children anything.

  12. What the heck does Model S have to do with the Lincoln Navigator? It’s not even a car people care to write much about and not a car that has much to do with the future at all.
    The Z06 is a pure sports car. Still even this car theoretically can accelerate a tiny fraction of a second faster than Model S P85D from 0-60mph, reality is that on the real roads, Model S P85D will put it to shame as Model S P85D has an excellent high precision computer controlled torque that allows it superior traction under any road condition. Gas engines and mechanical transmissions simply can’t react as precise as an electric motor when you want to get quick. E.g. check the Youtube video “Tesla P85D vs 2015 Corvette Z06” where Model S P85D beats the Z06 in a drag race. Surely the Z06 can go faster, but within speed limits + 20mph, Model S P85D is the king of quick acceleration not demanding luck and race car driver skills.
    Track driving is not important to 99% of car buyers and Model S is not designed for it at all.
    Model S has not improved on battery capacity in the 3 years but has added the P85D. I still think it’s a pretty darn impressive feat to have made the world’s quickest sedan as a brand new car company. For 3 years, all the #1 scores of Model S have been untouched. Nobody else have beaten any of those parameters.
    I see ZERO cars planned from other car companies beating Model S at this point. Nobody has a concept car announced that gets even where first generation Model S was 3 years ago.
    Tesla Motors are not aiming at boosting sales and put zero money into advertisement. Their effort is on more visionary steps e.g. deployment of super chargers, battery factory and Model 3 R&D. Currently their production capacity is fully exploited. If they spent their money and focus on just expanding their supply chain and assembly lines of Model S while making aggressive marketing campaigns, they could easily sell a lot more cars. This is how non-visionary companies end up killing long-term growth.
    Maserati has done a lot of advertisement especially in China/Hong Kong. I’ve never seen a commercial for Tesla anywhere and it would be stupid for them to try to sell more cars at this phase of their strategy where focus should not be on simply manufacturing capacity issues. Wait for the Model 3 and at that point maximizing volume of manufacturing becomes the proper focus (this is why the Giga factory is so important). Also expect TV commercials, magazine commercials etc. when the Model 3 hits the road. Tesla Motors will aim at creating a long line of people wanting to buy the Model 3 car beyond their capacity and use it to motivate investors to help create additional manufacturing capacity at that stage.

  13. But the Lincoln Navigator outsold it in May. So between that 33 gallon 4 ton vehicle and your Tesla, YOUR NUMBER 2 (or # 2).
    Also, it can’t beat a Z06 Corvette from Kentucky and your numbers are only good for straight line acceleration, not much of anything else on performance on the track.
    The big boys will catch them as Tesla is already backing off their goals of sales. Unless the less SUV can make it by 4th quarter, this years sales projection is a bust and you will see in the stock.
    Hey, I like the car, have stated before I like the car, but for 100K, I am not that impressed with the vehicle. We have the same model now (looks) for three years without a whole lot of improvement in distance relative to cost. BMW, VW, Acura and Chevy will catch up with Tesla before they can turn a profit, this will shake them to the core, because they are going to need a new model S by then.
    Sales are not that much greater than last year.
    Explain why Maserati has a bigger sales percent jump at the same volume of cars per month (1-2K) in May Fanboy?

  14. Of course I have seen them all and they don’t even catch up with Tesla Motors where they started 3 years ago. E.g. BMW i8 has a laughable EV range of 15 miles against Tesla Model S being 250+ miles. And the BMW i8 can’t even accelerate as well as the old Tesla Model S P85 and now the new Model S P85D beats it easily with 3.1 seconds vs. BMW’s 4.4 seconds from 0-60mph. I don’t know if getting stale is a correct term for an EV car that literally puts all other cars to shame and even can beat a Ferrari 458 or Lamborghini Aventador on the real roads. What the heck do you expect more? Faster than military aircrafts? Check Youtube of videos with Model S P85D beating all other mass produced cars on any condition of real road acceleration.

    Model S is the car having these qualities (try to find something getting close):

    It’s #1 highest ranked car in several reviews e.g. by Consumer Reports “best car ever” and most recently again scored “best overall car” for 2015

    It’s #1 highest ranked car of cars in the US market in terms of customer satisfaction among 270 cars currently available with 98% of owners wanting to buy it again

    It’s #1 car in terms of the quality of service and repairs found in a recent study of repair centers in the USA

    It’s #1 safest car based on NHTSA data and per real road statistics still with no person having been killed in it

    It’s #1 in acceleration of ANY sedan (P85D model goes from 0-60mph in 3.1 seconds)

    It’s #1 car in terms of EV range effectively eliminating the need for driving to gas/charging stations for most people

    It’s #1 car in terms of battery swap timing that can be done much faster than filling a gas tank (90 seconds demoed)

    It’s #1 in lowest noise relative to performance (691hp) also leading to superior signal to noise ratio (SNR) for your car stereo

    It’s #1 in highest “fuel” efficiency near 90mpg(e) relative to performance (691hp)

    It’s #1 sedan in terms of efficient space (front cargo included) and up to 7 people

    It’s #1 car in terms of low air drag coefficient of any car you can purchase making high speed driving more efficient

    It’s #1 coolest car on connectivity and technology e.g. a large multi touch display perfect for mapping your trip

    It’s #1 car in terms of taking actions on owner feedback with frequent software upgrades adding features per request OTA (Over The Air) to existing cars at no cost

    It’s #1 car in terms of low cost of driving after purchase (incl. free super chargers)

    It’s #1 car in terms of drivetrain simplicity with only approx. 20 moving parts (condition for long-term good reliability and low cost of service)

    It’s #1 car in terms of drivetrain + battery warranty with UNLIMITED MILES for 8 years

    It’s #1 most talked about car with most enthusiastic owners

    It’s #1 most popular car among celebrities today

  15. Lincoln Navigator sales were up 50.1% with 1,046 models delivered last month (May 2015). That’s half of Tesla’s sales in 4 weeks!.
    The result is the second-best figure that the full-size luxury SUV has posted this year, and it marks the sixth time in the last nine months that the Navigator has sold in the four-figure range. Sniff that 33 gallon gas tank son? These are Ford F150 based SUV’s that are huge profit. Don’t think American’s are sold on 100K electric cars just yet and don’t think that Tesla will own the “electric car market”. Sure, first to market is an accomplishment, but it doesn’t mean that you will be “best in class” for any long term.

  16. Maybe you have not seen some of the new offerings from BMW, VW and Acura? Electric and gas motors combined, with BMW coming out with all electric soon not just their entry level. The same model S is getting stale for over three years now, see them on the road for several years, good amount when in Colorado.
    Tesla needs to get that SUV and lower end model out or you’re going to see what big name competition and the ability to retool and engineer comes very fast. Tesla has had a nice ride, but the competition is growing, they do not have a patent on electric cars.
    Sales are not that much greater than last year (only a !3% increase through May of 2015) for a new car company, and when you’re selling under 2000 cars YTD, that’s not great. The smell of cheap gas has hurt them. Believe me, I know this industry. Maserati is up 17%, with same volume of cars 1200-2000 YTD and at a higher price point, EXPLAIN THAT ONE sniff and the tears!

  17. But I have to wait for a charge too long for a trip from St. Louis to Destin Florida. I will wait a half hour, sure, but no chargers in route yet to a vacation home, I am not plugging in to some outlet for hours.

  18. You Tesla fanboys are so active, great, I know the stock and no they are not turning a profit selling cars to date and sitting on cash doesn’t mean crap unless your Apple and it’s 100’s of billions, yet still does not always have impact on stock price.
    Still the car does not appear as a 100K car, it’s getting dated now for several years. BMW, GM, Acura and VW are coming closer with all electric vehicles that could be a major problem for Tesla. A new model S in body style will be years off.
    They need to get the crossover and lower end vehicle out and have had delays.
    Right now, my 100K goes to a Chevy Corvette, who has matched super car performance (300K to 1 Million) with their new car at one tenth to one third the price. It geats 29 miles to the gallon highway, with half the bank of cylinders shut down for trips.
    Gas is $2.50 a gallon and I drive 10K a year, so I could care less if it’s electric and seats 4 people. As stated, I can’t drive from Missouri to the Florida panhandle with a Tesla, no chargers in Arkansas.
    Better hope Tesla moves faster, because the big boys can turn tech a little faster once its out and update each model year with far better efficiencies in production.

  19. “(Gasoline) vehicle fires accounted for 1 percent of lightning fires
    from 2004 to 2008, according to an analysis by the National Fire
    Protection Association.
    When a car is hit by lightning, the most common damage is done to
    outside antennas, steel-belted radial tires and components of a
    vehicle’s electrical system”.
    Since,
    over 20,000 fires are caused each year due to lightning strikes, 1
    percent gives us over 200 gasoline car fires every year.
    Tesla called, they’d like an apology………..

  20. Not anymore they paid the money back… ohh what do you think will happen if you car gets hit by lighting ahh gee I wonder … so stop hatin on that that new shit it took 100 years for ice cars to be as good as they are now …

  21. it took a power surge, who cares..buy a prius and you never have to stop to recharge it…for the price of a tesla you can get 5 prius and a large pizza

  22. oh yes, that must be it – if lighting hits directly, faraday’s effects take place – if not hit directly – well, then Faraday’s effects are none. That’s a good explanation, like disabling laws of physics dependent on the proximity of lighting strikes. The only questions remains: is it the author’s silly view or the “view” of the PR department of tesla ? A further example of lying, writing about stuff where the author has not glue about it, and just believing everything, even if it is that stupid.

  23. The GM that should have been pushed into bankruptcy but was pumped full of tax dollars to keep union workers on the democrat plantation?

  24. The company can, and did make a profit. It doesn’t do it now, because it invests more than in earns, in order to grow fast.
    They don’t need to make a profit right now. They sit on a ton of money. What they need is to get big fast, so the other big automakers can’t catch on so easily.

  25. You mean that tax incentives are not subsidies? But the 4.9 billion number of subsidies quoted by news and people around is more than half in tax incentives!

  26. Company has turned a profit, just to show people like you that it can. It did it in Q1 2013.
    It is not turning a profit right now, because it grows fast and invests in growth. It does not even need to profit anytime soon, they are sitting on a ton of cash and can list new shares due to their high price.

  27. The government gave a lot less to Tesla.
    First, the figure you quote is supposed to be the sum of all money given to Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City combined.
    Second, this number also includes money from selling environmental credits to other car companies, so not money given by the government.
    Third, a great amount of this money is not given, it is in tax tax breaks, so is money the government agrees not to take. If the company did not expand this would be tax money the company would not pay anyway, so the government loses almost nothing.

    Fourth, this number includes money that are supposed to be given, or used as tax breaks, far in the future. As far as 10 years from now.
    So please get your facts straight before giving numbers.

  28. Coal get subsidies too. More than $9 billion a year.

    New report lifts the rug on billions of secret public finance for a dying coal industry
    Analysis shows $73 billion in public support for coal over 8 years

    A new report released today by Oil Change International, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) exposes for the first time a web of billions of dollars of public finance flowing to support the coal industry each year by way of export support, development aid and general finance.

    The analysis finds that public finance has played a significant role in supporting coal projects over the last 8 years. The report shows that between 2007 and 2014, more than US $73 billion – or over $9 billion a year – in public finance was approved for coal.

    priceofoil org/2015/06/02/new-report-lifts-rug-billions-secret-public-finance-dying-coal-industry/

  29. With subsidies, our government is moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

    http://www.energy gov/sites/prod/files/2014/03/f11/hr6.pdf

  30. “Try figuring out what happened to the multi million tax dollars the obama administration pumped into Fisker.”

    The Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program was established in Section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
    Who was president in 2007? George W. Bush.

    The US only lost $139 million on the Fisker loan which was peanuts compared to other automakers.
    We lost $10.5 billion to GM and another $1.3 billion on Chrysler.

  31. “I can’t use it in Missouri and travel south to the Florida gulf cost yet with chargers. Nothing is in Arkansas for chargers yet.”

    You are not limited to towns with Superchargers. You can drive it wherever there is an electrical outlet.

  32. You must have been sniffing too much gas. There is nothing that indicates Tesla Motors will lose momentum. Rather you can rest assured that gas powered cars wont be dominating forever and Tesla Motors is the very brand leading the next generation car technologies out of the very place where innovation is world leading in what matters in future cars. Tesla Motors have hired some of the brightest engineers on this planet in a location right next to companies like Apple, Intel, Google, NVidia, Cisco, Yahoo etc. (Silicon Valley area). They made the world’s best sedan in record time beating all competition and there is zero reason to think that they will suddenly “forget” how to lead in car technology in future models. Rather you can expect the “iPhone effect” to seriously hurt car companies like GM and many others. The situation will be a bit like when Apple launched their first phone, the iPhone, and world-dominating Nokia laughed at them being inexperienced and having no chance. Now Nokia is a brand we almost forget. When technologies changes rapidly and disruptive products are launched, experience can become a hurdle. For example, all the folks at old car companies making transmissions with decades of experience suddenly will find themselves trying to argue why future EV cars also need a complex transmission, even it doesn’t.

    And even on the retail side, Tesla Motors has established what is the best approach to selling EV cars well ahead of competition. Selling direct in areas where people enjoy going shopping (malls etc.) makes a lot of sense and it’s one reason Apple has succeeded hugely. Furthermore, established car dealerships are running their business through service programs that involves gas engine maintenance (oil changes, filter changes, brakes, spark plugs etc.). EV cars can drive for years with very minimal maintenance as the drivetrain is hugely simpler and there are no heavy friction, explosions, strong vibrations, high heat, exhaust chemicals etc. involved. In fact, a brushless induction motor like that used in Model S should be able to drive a million miles with only simple bearings to worry about.
    Finally on the charging network side, Tesla Motors is already hugely dominating with their super chargers.
    I don’t think all the established car companies will become the “automotive industry’s Nokia”, but it’s hard to see how they can beat Tesla Motors. Much of what they have is what they need to get rid of.

  33. At over 100 mph, the Vega would overheat and destroy its engine within about fifty miles.

    …swap it for a Chevette and you’ve got yourself a race.

  34. At over 100 mph, the Tesla is only going to be able to go about 120 miles before it needs almost a full charge. Ten minutes at a super charger will give you only a fraction of that. You need more like 3 full 1 hour stops at a super charger.

    Vega will win, without a shadow of a doubt.

  35. The government gave $4.9 billion to Tesla. The car is good but well out of the price range to any but 1 percenters.
    I am an average American; I don’t want to see my tax dollars going to support the wealthy.

  36. Oil doesn’t actually get subsidies, they do get tax incentives for moving business back on-shore. In fact the oil business has been so good at it that congress reduced the rate for oil companies by 33% as compared to other industries.

  37. Remember, the electricity is made often by burning coal, it’s not free. Any 100K car, yes they will take car of your hotel. Have had cars that cost 40-60-70K and they will take care of your hotel. Hell, Hyundai gives you 5 years, 60K miles bumper to bumper, and 10 years powertrain warranty. Not one company beats that warranty.
    I have a Genesis that has more interior room than a Tesla, hits near 30 Miles to the gallon, and has over 400 horsepower. Got tired of the $125 oil changes and repairs of a 5 series BMW. But either would take care of me in this situation and what does a hotel and tow cost? My auto insurance covers that.

  38. Company has yet to turn a profit and when it gets near to doing so, the compassion, US, Japan and European auto companies may have surpassed Tesla. Gas prices have hurt Tesla’s growth. I love the car, but it doesn’t look like a 100K car (I need the big charge) and I can’t use it in Missouri and travel south to the Florida gulf cost yet with chargers. Nothing is in Arkansas for chargers yet. Styling needs an update.

  39. Tesla software limited top speed of 130 MPH. . . 1971 chevy vega top speed 108 MPH. Over the 372 mile distance the Tesla completes it in 2:51. Add ten minutes on a 120 supercharger for the extra 72 miles 3:01. The vega finishes in 3:26 . . . You Lose.

  40. Haven’t got the opportunity to drive…. well any 100k cars in my life yet. I will be sure to publish my review as soon as I do.

  41. C’mon hoyt, trolling here is like shooting fish in a barrel. Your troll skills are going to atrophy real fast if all you do is pick the low-hanging fruit. Have you tried visiting the Zen forums and threatening roadside violence against the Buddha?

  42. I think that means the two truck driver worked on the car. Most likely connecting and disconnecting the battery. On most cars this will reset the OBD.

  43. No, no, you miss his point. It’s garbage because it’s not lightning proof. Only garbage isn’t lightning proof.

  44. @hoyt, you are a total idiot. This is the best car money can buy today.

    Besides, oil is getting HUGELY MORE subsidies than EVs.

    Musk already beats Detroit in record time on almost every major parameter. Here are some examples:

    It’s #1 highest ranked car in several reviews e.g. by Consumer Reports “best car ever” and most recently again scored “best overall car” for 2015

    It’s #1 highest ranked car of cars in the US market in terms of customer satisfaction among 270 cars currently available with 98% of owners wanting to buy it again

    It’s #1 car in terms of the quality of service and repairs found in a recent study of repair centers in the USA

    It’s #1 safest car based on NHTSA data and per real road statistics still with no person having been killed in it

    It’s #1 in acceleration of ANY sedan (P85D model goes from 0-60mph in 3.2 seconds)

    It’s #1 car in terms of EV range effectively eliminating the need for driving to gas/charging stations for most people

    It’s #1 car in terms of battery swap timing that can be done much faster than filling a gas tank (90 seconds demoed)

    It’s #1 in lowest noise relative to performance (691hp) also leading to superior signal to noise ratio (SNR) for your car stereo

    It’s #1 in highest “fuel” efficiency near 90mpg(e) relative to performance (691hp)

    It’s #1 sedan in terms of efficient space (front cargo included) and up to 7 people

    It’s #1 car in terms of low air drag coefficient of any car you can purchase making high speed driving more efficient

    It’s #1 coolest car on connectivity and technology e.g. a large multi touch display perfect for mapping your trip

    It’s #1 car in terms of taking actions on owner feedback with frequent software upgrades adding features per request OTA (Over The Air) to existing cars at no cost

    It’s #1 car in terms of low cost of driving after purchase (incl. free super chargers)

    It’s #1 car in terms of drivetrain simplicity with only approx. 20 moving parts (condition for long-term good reliability and low cost of service)

    It’s #1 car in terms of drivetrain + battery warranty with UNLIMITED MILES for 8 years

    It’s #1 most talked about car with most enthusiastic owners

    It’s #1 most popular car among celebrities today

    Do you know of any such car getting even close??? Of course you don’t. Go educate yourself and stop sniffing gas.

  45. whether you like it or not it’s oil that has created wealth in this country. it’s oil that has brought food to your table, put gas in your car and heated your house. It’s oil that has created the greatest country on earth. it’s oil that has made air travel happen. It’s oil that has fueled battleships,submarines and jets that secured the freedom that your liberal nutcase brain hates. it’s oil that has allowed the automobile to grow to be the greatest example of personal freedom in the history of the world.

    I can see why your liberal behind hates it with a passion.

  46. you miss the point. it’s all about supporting the rainbow and unicorn crowd. Wanna have some fun? Try figuring out what happened to the multi million tax dollars the obama administration pumped into Fisker.

  47. we are only oil dependent because the left has been blocking oil exploration in the USA forcing companies to develop the ability to drill far offshore when cheaper oil is available closer in shore, blocking drilling in the anwr region and fighting the Keystone Pipeline which will bring Canadian oil to the USA . Don’t even get me started on the hate the left has for fracking.

  48. Garbage!? How bout we talk about the subsides that oil gets? Or how about the bailout for the other auto manufacturers? Tesla repaid the USa government years ahead of when it was due. Did any of the other car manufacturers? Tesla has the best in class safety rating 5 Stars! It’s so safe that one 1 person has died in one (Drove off a cliff). It’s so advanced that the car computer can be restarted without compromising the abilities to drive. Can your car do that? Let’s talk about lightning a friend of mine had lightning strike his suv similar to what happened here. The entire computer system was fried. This Tesla still worked until the 12v lost it’s charge. DC converter may have been fried. Now lets talk service. Tesla towed the car and offered to pay for a hotel. Would your dealer do that? I’m glad that I own this “garbage”

    Now let’s talk electric car innovation. Tesla came out with a 265 mile electrice car the same year Nissan came out with a MAYBE 80 mile electric car. We own both and if any would be closer to garbage in be the Leaf in comparison to the Tesla.

  49. whether you like it or not it’s oil that has created wealth in this country. it’s oil that has brought food to your table, put gas in your car and heated your house. It’s oil that has created the greatest country on earth. it’s oil that has made air travel happen. It’s oil that has fueled battleships,submarines and jets that secured the freedom that your liberal ass hates. it’s oil that has allowed the automobile to grow to be the greatest example of personal freedom in the history of the world.

    I can see why your liberal ass hates it with a passion.

  50. Amazon doesn’t sell junk. Their distribution model isn’t illegal. …count on the Tesla sheep to insult anyone who isn’t a blind slobbering zealot for the brand…

  51. @ ThisNotesForYou… With intelligence as low as yours, Tesla will easily outlive you. Amazon didn’t make a profit for many years. Glad I held on to •that• stock.

  52. All the power comes to my home UNDER GROUND i paid extra to have these utilities moved underground . WHY? most homes that burn down are from Lightning strikes.Sometimes it comes in on the Phone or cable line.

  53. “Tesla Motors Inc Model S Goes Crazy After Lightning Strike”

    And the news is… what? Almost anything on earth will “go crazy” after a lightening strike. Electronics often (usually) die a quick death, as do people. The Tesla suffered damage, but did not die.

    By the way, not sure what is meant by the line, “After a few attempts, the battery was rendered functional by a tow truck driver.” A tow-truck, if used to actually tow the vehicle, would have no effect whatsoever on the battery. If, however, the tow-truck was used to somehow recharge or jump-start the Tesla (unlikely), that should be explained.

  54. Imagine for a moment you want to go driving cross country. Nothing but time and the open road ahead of you. What’s going to make that happen, rainbows and unicorns or oil?

  55. Tesla says electric cars are no different…. except for the greater complexity of the electronic components which are more vulnerable.

    That written, lightning strikes are very rare.

  56. Tesla’s baby can’t disconnect from its umbilical cord. Awe so sad. Add this to the fact they just lost $154,000,000 million dollars in q1… I see them circling the drain.

  57. Why not, we give Tax $$ to the oil companies/auto manufacturers? The auto industry has all but shipped most things out of the country, they IMPORT most of the engines in US cars. So we get to pay them to stay in business, and they send the jobs overseas. That’s a win to you?

  58. Wow, you are laughably misinformed. Haha that’s one of the more ridiculous posts I’ve read in a while. Tesla is capitalism in a nutshell. They’re trying to bring a new product into an old market that’s been an oligopoly basically since inception. Not allowing them to enter the market would be very anti-capitalistic. And how is oil freedom if two of the main areas that sell it are the Middle East and Russia? Electricity can bring energy freedom from countries and regime’s that hate the West.

  59. My-god….”oil is freedom” my ass…it’s hard to believe anybody could allow themselves to be brainwashed to the extent you have…you are obviously a oil guy trying (in vain) to hold onto your increasingly obsolete tech for personal gain, or a pin-headed parrot pandering for the big-oil. Either way, don’t expect anyone that is actually capable of thinking for themselves to swallow that load of crap.

  60. Wow. So you support whats going on in the middle east which entirely focuses on our oil dependency because you are scared of progress. Wow.

  61. The Tesla didn’t go crazy. It safely shut off the electrical systems. The last video I saw of a gas powered car getting hit by lightning all the airbags deployed and caused them to crash. That is crazy. This is just propaganda for mouth breathing idiots.

  62. not so hilarious that the scum left is willing to destroy the greatest country in the world in support of 3rd world immigration, the lbgt agenda, a farce known as global warming, and world socialism.

  63. Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you were a raging con-bot. You are doing a good job on regurgitating what your conservative overlords spoon feed you.

    Hilarious that you think oil is freedom.

  64. I am well aware of the oil subsidies and support them 100%. Oil is freedom. 99.9% of all vehicles in this country use it. last i checked rainbows and unicorns weren’t doing much to support the free market. That’s what it is really all about with lefties. It’s about handcuffing capitalism and ending personal freedom, destroying proven technology and supporting the rainbow and unicorn crowd

  65. Wow…I guess nobody told you about the oil industries 4.5 billion dollars worth of tax subsidies they got last year. You should really read a book.

  66. Waste of time reading this. You get hit by lightning and see how long it takes your circuits to reset. It’s an electic device and it’s done well to reset at all.

  67. When the computer in my brother’s new Chevrolet got fried because lightning struck the tree he parked it next to, Chevrolet didn’t do anything other than void the warranty.

  68. Yeah. Okay. Your pigheaded ignorance is going to make it impossible for you to ever see reason. A car getting struck by lightning is light years away from “normal weather conditions” or even normal wear and tear. This isn’t a defect of the car, it’s an unfortunate event, in which Tesla was more than accommodating when they could have simply sent someone to help with the car and let the insurance take care of everything else the customer needs. You should listen to your own advice and “pipe down and shut up” and let the adults work out the details.

  69. It broke down under normal weather conditions in which every car manufacturer should test for before selling their product to people around the nation…………..if he had broken the car himself and they put him in a hotel that would have been a different story…..pipe down and shut your trap…………..

  70. Thank you for pointing this out. in the event that a car malfunctions such as this in a normal condition that they should have tested for youre right what they did wasnt above and beyond. in fact they should have given him a loner tesla to replace his malfunctioning one and that would have still barely been enough. Shit even my BMW dealer gives me a loner car when my car has been out of warranty for the last 3 years, thats more in the realms of above and beyond even if it is somewhat to be expected given the price of everything.

  71. THE BASICS
    A single spark of lightning can be over 8 kilometers long, soar to temperatures of 27 800 degrees Celsius, and harbor currents of 100 000 amperes.

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers- http://www.ieee.org/

    Minimum watts for average home – 200 A
    That was typical power supply for about 500 USA homes.
    Equivalent to turning on every device ON at same time at those 500 or so homes.
    If the Tesla S is NOW operating would the the big story!

  72. From wikipedia:

    “An average bolt of negative lightning carries an electric current of 30 kiloamperes (kA), and transfers a charge of five coulombs and 500 MJ of energy. Large bolts of lightning can carry up to 120 kA and 350 coulombs. The voltage is proportional to the length of the bolt.

    An average bolt of positive lightning carries an electric current of 300 kA or about 10 times that of negative lightning.

    Lightning leader development is not just a matter of the electrical breakdown of air, which is about three million volts per meter. The ambient electric fields required for lightning leader propagation can be one or two orders of magnitude less than the electrical breakdown strength. The potential gradient inside a well-developed return-stroke channel is in the order of hundreds of volts per meter due to intense channel ionization, resulting in a true power output in the order of a megawatt per metre for a vigorous return stroke current of 100 kA. The average peak power output of a single lightning stroke is about a terawatt (10^12 W) and the stroke lasts for around 30 microseconds.”

    **********

    Considering the extreme power output of a lightning strike, it is *amazing* that neither of the cars being charged were completely fried. A lightning bolt also carries up to 100 million volts, depending on the length of the discharge and the vertical extent of the parent thunderstorm.

  73. “(Gasoline) vehicle fires accounted for 1 percent of lightning fires from 2004 to 2008, according to an analysis by the National Fire Protection Association.
    When a car is hit by lightning, the most common damage is done to
    outside antennas, steel-belted radial tires and components of a
    vehicle’s electrical system”.
    Since, over 20,000 fires are caused each year due to lightning strikes, 1 percent gives us over 200 gasoline car fires every year.
    Tesla called, they’d like an apology………..

  74. IF THE CAR HAD BEEN FITTED WITH A FLUX CAPACITOR SHE COULD HAVE JETTED TO 85 MHP IN SECONDS AND BEEN OFF TO THE FUTURE!!…OR BACK TO PAST, WHATEVER IS GOOD :)

  75. Yeh, I guess we should consider the opinions on electrical engineering topics from an NADA car salesman. Not to mention an affiliate of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), accusing others of engaging in a con scheme. Only an NADA car salesman could define irony with hypocrisy!

  76. Electronics
    can be tricky; Apache helicopter was the best example of it. At the beginning
    there was so many crushes that US Army ground it, until it was discovered that
    Microwave towers were effecting some of the circuitry. Perhaps it is the
    charging station, which has to be protected from power spikes. The good thing
    about it is that Tesla is actually recording most of the events, just like “black
    box” so data can be analyzed later.

  77. I was in my home once, out in a rural, open area, and was standing by the front door during a heavy storm. A bolt hit nearby, and I could actually “taste” the after-effect of the charge in the air. It was rather odd, similar to a weak 9v battery on the tongue, but was throughout my entire mouth, similar to cotton-mouth but with a charge. I remember when Radio Shack used to have those Tesla (the first Tesla) plasma globe things and wore a calculator watch (remember those?) and put it near the glass. Know what happened? It completely shorted the display and it never worked correctly again, even though the glass separated the contained charge in the globe. I’m wondering if the lighting bolt gave off a sort of EMP field that interfered with her car’s onboard electronics? Using the globe as reference, it’s entirely possible.

  78. How is the service they provided “above and beyond”. Seems like the service anyone would expect regardless of make and model of vehicle.
    Trumping up reasonable expectations is stupid. I remember reading an owner comment about 20 years ago on a Subaru. The owner was impressed with the dealer because she noticed as she was taking delivery, that a headlamp wasn’t working and “they fixed it for free”.
    Well, at about that same time, my wife took delivery of a Ford Escort and they fixed a non working bulb for free. Were we extra impressed? NO. It is expected.
    In 2003 I took delivery of a Chevy Suburban. On a trip I noticed my 4WD unit wasn’t operating properly. I pulled into a little tiny dealership in the mountains of Colorado and they diagnosed the problem and repaired it in less than an hour, while I had a cup of coffee in their waiting room. No big deal. BTW, I am still driving the beast at 277,000 miles and that was the only problem other than wear items and 1 water pump, that I have ever had. Now that is impressive.

  79. If Nikola Tesla had built this car it would have used the lightening strike to make a boost in power, but alas it is a Musk con man scheme, not a true Tesla invention.
    Musked it up again!

  80. From Teslamotors Forum :
    have an older car, VIN 4295 with more than 25K miles on it. Had my
    12V replaced a year after delivery, if I remember correctly. Last week I
    got 2 warnings that my 12V is low, in a span of a few days. Took it to
    Bellevue service center and this is what they found:

    Concern: Alert appeared: “12V battery power low, car may shut down unexpectedly”

    Pay Type: Warranty

    Corrections: 12V Battery & Fuses General Diagnosis

    Found alert for DC/DC not communicating, determind with logs the DC/DC is faulty.

    Corrections: DC-DC Converter – 1st Generation

    Replaced DC/DC Converter

    Part Quantity

    ASY,DCDC CONVERTER-HVJB,DCDC

    (6009170-00-J)2

    12V BATTERY (1024463-00-A) 1

    Parts Replaced or Added

  81. and this is the real story:

    “I was there charging and a thunderstorm rolled in extremely quickly. There were two of us at the charger at the moment. I hear an extremely loud boom and saw some lightning. I’m not sure if it hit my car directly, but it was extremely close. My car flipped out and gave 9 errors. The other guy seemed fine and he drove away. My car complained that the power was extremely low, that it can’t charge, and that the 12v battery was about to die. After the storm went away I tried to disconnect the car from the supercharger, but it wouldn’t disconnect. I was on the phone with Tesla for about 4 hours. They said this is their first case of something like this. They sent a tow truck over to try to jumpstart the 12v battery and tow it, but even when he did that it still wouldn’t disconnect from the supercharger, so I have to wait till they can get a technician out there to manually disconnect it so they can tow it to the service center. Also, the sunroof is stuck open and we couldn’t get it closed. So now I just have to play the waiting game and wait for them to call me and get the key. They offered a taxi and to put me up in a hotel for the night, but I was visiting a friend here in Columbus before so I’m just staying with him till this is figured out. Once again, Tesla service went above and beyond and was extremely helpful through this whole matter. It really helped keep the stress down in the situation, since I already was crying a bit. I’ll let you guys know what they find.”

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