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10/7/2013 01:55 PM EDT
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krisi
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really?
krisi   10/7/2013 2:12:46 PM
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"The chances of running over something that actually punctures the underbelly of a car are small." ???

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Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:17:23 PM
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While I'm sure he was speculating, do you suspect that the undercarriages of cars are punctured frequently?

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krisi   10/7/2013 2:30:56 PM
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I am en engineer...I like the data...I don't like "small"..."small" compared to what?

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Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:43:54 PM
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Yes, ofcourse. I wonder where someone would even look to find that kind of data. Surely the auto industry has a recommended thickness or impact resistance for the bottoms of vehicles based off of some kind of data.

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Sheetal.Pandey   10/7/2013 3:29:47 PM
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Great to know that control system informed the driver to move out. That's proactive. That also proves safety is first.

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Max The Magnificent   10/7/2013 3:50:29 PM
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@krisi: I don't like "small"..."small" compared to what?

Compared to somethoing that was bigger LOL

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krisi   10/7/2013 3:52:47 PM
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LOL Max

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how 'bout the batteries
PocketBrain   10/7/2013 4:07:45 PM
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I wonder what is the barrier against using a safer battery type.  Cost?  Energy density?  Search the youtubes for nail-puncture videos of standard Lithium Ion cells and A123 Systems' batteries and you'll have a good comparison..

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polylith   10/7/2013 4:18:08 PM
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If you take the statements are face value, that Tesla battery fires are 5 times less likely and have 1% the combustion energy of gasoline fires, isn't the car's battery safe enough as is?

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Regular cars also catch on fire, from time to time
Bert22306   10/7/2013 4:47:02 PM
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Hasn't anyone ever seen a vehicle fire?

Lithium batteries sure are getting a bad rap, of late. PCs, airplanes, cars, anything more? I'd like to know what kind of debris this Tesla ran over, specifically, and then compare what it might have done to a gasoline tank. Too much vague generality tends to make me skeptical.

Anyway, to continue my mantra, battery powered EVs seem unimaginative and apologetic, at best. It's time to get better EVs out there.

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