Most of us know by now that Tesla car’s Panasonic lithium-ion batteries are located right underneath the passenger compartment.
What type of batteries do Tesla cars use?
The batteries that Tesla has been using, sourced from Panasonic, for its Model S electric car are a lithium-ion battery with a cathode that is a combination of a lithium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum oxide.
The chemicals inside the lithium-ion battery begin to heat up on any forceful impacts, which then causes further degradation of the separator inside the unit. The battery can eventually hit temperatures of more than 1,000° F. At that point the flammable electrolyte ignites and then explodes when exposed to the oxygen in the air.
What exactly happens to the batteries when a Tesla is involved in small crash?
So when a Tesla crashes the lithium-ion batteries get impacted forcefully causing an instant battery chemical chain reaction which then ignites the battery right underneath the drivers and front passengers side.
This in turns allows less time for the driver and the passengers to make an escape on time as the forceful impact may have caused loss of consciousness in the passengers involved in a Tesla crash. So this makes a Telsa vehicle much less safer than an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) as when an ICE vehicle crashes the front part is impacted where the engine is located.
There is no hazardous chemicals underneath the passengers on an ICE vehicle that can cause a deadly chemical chain reaction and start an instant often ‘fatal’ fire. In an ICE vehicle the passengers have more time to regain consciousness and make an escape even after a crash happens – whether in a very remote area or a road with no witnesses.