Two cars broke down, but a Tesla was seen plowing past them in floodwater that surged over the hood of the electric vehicle, after instantaneous heavy rain flooded a highway near the Zhushan Interchange in Nantou County yesterday, July 23.
Zhushan police said that drainage at the 227 kilometer mark on Provincial Highway 3 was insufficient to cope with the sudden heavy downpour from a storm that hit the area at around 4:00 pm. Two cars, including a Mercedes Benz carrying a family of five, broke down as they attempted to drive through the section of knee-deep floodwater.
But before police had time to close the road to traffic, a white Tesla was seen effortlessly plowing through the muddy water, passing the broken-down, black Mercedes Benz.
While electric vehicles can more easily drive through water than cars powered by internal combustion engines, the practice is not actually recommended.
Elon Musk once retweeted a video of a Tesla driving with floodwater, captioning it “The Car Aquatic.”
However, EV experts say that just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.
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