Aluminum bodies are great for electric vehicles since they are lighter and enable longer range, but any Tesla Model S owner who had to get body work done on their car will tell you that it is not cheap.
It’s why Tesla drivers are especially careful not to even get a door ding on their car and why it’s particularly surprising to learn of a Tesla driver who intentionally collided with another car on the highway. Though it was definitely for a good reason.
German media are reporting this morning on an accident that happened on the Autobahn near Munich last night.
A 47-year-old man driving a VW Passat apparently lost consciousness while driving. It obviously resulted in a lost control and the vehicle hit the guardrail a few times, but it was still going fast.
That’s when the vehicle was spotted by a Tesla driver who realized that the VW driver was unconscious and decided to position his Model S in front of the VW and slow down until the vehicle collided.
He managed to bring it to a stop. The police and fire brigade arrived and transported the man to the hospital. His condition is unknown at the moment, but they believed he suffered a stroke. Pictures via the Munich fire brigade:
That was quite the rescue mission. It not only brought the vehicle to a stop quicker in order for the incapacitated driver to get help sooner, but it also limited the damages and risk of accidents with the vehicle continuing on its path without any control.
The damages to the vehicles appear to be limited to the front bumper for the VW and the rear bumper for the Tesla. The police estimated the damages at a total of around 10,000 euros ($10,600USD).
Update: CEO Elon Musk confirmed that Tesla will pay for the damages.
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