The news media just seems to be chomping at the bit to trash talk the revolutionary Tesla. A surprising number of bloggers and reporters made fools of themselves worshiping at the alter of BMW only to be set straight by legions of commenters on their blogs and articles. This brief interview with Elon Musk, pretty sums up the thinking of anyone with the least amount of knowledge about the topic, not so much in words but, uh, well listen and you will see. But apparently the American subcult of stupid was thrilled to showcase, once again, their inability to do even the tiniest bit of research before publishing their stories.
According to the American press, most of whom, apparently spent far more time in college drinking and sleeping off hangovers than learning critical thinking skills, the first Tesla fire was BIG news. But was it really big news?
According to FEMA 194,000 cars catch fire EVERY YEAR in the US. This year, 1 Tesla caught fire in the US and, watching the news, one would think that it was the first car ever to catch fire. Photo below is one of the 193,999 that were NOT Tesla EV’s.
From a FEMA document: From 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highwayvehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an annual average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss
And what irks me to no end is that because of this poor reporting that failed to put things into perspective, stock of the innovative Tesla took a huge hit. Not so for the makers of the other 193,999 cars whose vehicle fires not only caused property damage but also death and injury.
So maybe the Tesla fire was big news. The big news might just be that nobody was hurt and that there has only been on Tesla fire in the US.
Below is a regular car on fire. This is a not Tesla fire