Many times this week people have asked if I heard about the spontaneous Tesla fire near Sacramento.
Yes, of course.
The fire department said yet another Tesla just burst into flames without warning, I mean a warning other than the badge on the hood.
It’s all over the news and for good reason, even while the Vancouver fire is barely being reported. Tesla is a fraud, a rolling death trap. It’s nice people ask me about it, but something else has been on my mind lately.
I ask them all in return if they know how many Tesla go from the dealer to the junk yard with almost no miles.
Nobody has said yes.
I’ve written about it before here, and some of my security talks since 2016 have been based on this state of disaster, not to mention others.
Using a salvaged Tesla Model 3 purchased at auction last year, researchers discovered all of the mobile devices that had been paired to the car, as well as phone numbers and email addresses from those devices. It discovered that it was owned by a construction company in the Boston area, the last six dozen addresses entered into the navigation and video footage from the crash that sent it to the junkyard. That was from one of the many cameras in Teslas that owners have often said they don’t know when they’re actually on. And, according to the business news network, it’s somewhat difficult for even owners to clear that data off of their Tesla.
My first (and last) ludicrous ride was using a Tesla pulled from a junk yard to be reverse engineered; its “driverless” system was exposed and audited (to predict reliably whether Tesla would kill many people, which it has done). It’s probably this hands-on junkyard experience a decade ago that had the most impact on my view of the vehicle as dangerous to society.
Nonetheless, since people are still surprised today, I’ll say it again.
No, even better, I’ll let someone else explain:
Of more than 120 Model Ys that were totaled after collisions, then listed at auction in December and early January, the vast majority had fewer than 10,000 miles on the odometer, according to online data from Copart and IAA, the two largest salvage auction houses in the United States. The retail prices of those cars ranged from about $60,000 to more than $80,000.
How many $60,000 or higher vehicle brands so regularly fail to get more than 10,000 miles on their odometer?
Don’t forget this car company boasted to investors at launch it would be the safest of all.
Here’s even more detail.
An Austin-built 2022 Model Y Long Range involved in a front collision and listed by IAA in early January had a retail price of $61,388 and estimated repair cost of $50,388. The vehicle’s owner was not listed. A second Austin-built Model Y, involved in a side collision and listed by IAA, had a retail price of $72,667 and estimated repair cost of $43,814.
What a bunch of regressive environmentally toxic junk.
I remember the Audi A8 warning about its special construction (“space frame” introduced 1994), which meant a nightmare repair unless the owner had access to certified aluminum welders. Tesla took an exact opposite approach by falsely promoting its extremely high cost vehicle as a long term investment and the huge losses have been… sadly predictable.
There are many simple explanations for why Tesla is again proven to be a total fraud.
Most notable is a CEO preying on fear to inflate his ego (stock value). As soon as he heard people had fears of crashing (related to a Tesla owner suing the company), he started to falsely promise the world year after year his cars can avoid a crash.
He used really, really targeted social engineering attacks and not just some bland exaggeration.
People said drivers who fall asleep kill and Tesla’s CEO jumped on the tragedy to suggest people go ahead and fall asleep in his cars… which obviously killed them and/or others.
It’s been an absurd lie since 2013, absolutely proven false since at least 2016, yet people still buy the car on his word because they want to believe it can’t be a lie.
People crash as soon as they start driving the catch-me-if-you-can lying clown car. Oh, but isn’t there a boiler plate warning that tells people the opposite of what the CEO says?
Risk research suggests the boiler plate warning when coupled with the exaggerated lies of the CEO are far worse than if there was no warning at all. It’s perhaps counter intuitive, but studies show either the CEO has to stop lying or the warnings have to be removed; the combination of the two is the most dangerous because people are primed to ignore warnings.
In Nigeria the advance fee fraud criminals say they don’t feel sorry for their victims. The line generally goes that if the victim hadn’t believed in a better life, hadn’t taken the bait of safety promises, then they wouldn’t have lost everything… so the liars say it’s their victim’s fault for believing in a liar.
That’s the Tesla fraud.
Second, the car is designed and engineered so poorly it crashes often. There is copious evidence of workplace fraud and shortcuts that weaken safety, even worker abuse in factories… lists of basic manufacturing failures that are endless.
A culture of abuse and pollution.
I’ve called the results of this the Tesla Pole Position — meaning they are being credited with 10 out of 10 deaths — because their “best” engineering keeps abruptly slamming directly into poles.
Nissan (early mover advantage in EV) and Mercedes (early mover advantage in driverless) both far exceed the late-comer (1997 TZero knock-off) Tesla in quality and safety. Economy or luxury, Tesla is the worst.
Did you know Nissan runs nearly the same number of cars as Tesla on the road using “driverless” software, yet Nissan had ZERO crashes to report to regulators?
Tesla’s software by comparison has had so many bugs and fatalities from crashes we’re having to start a count of graveyards. It stands alone as an EV lacking hardware innovation (2012 model S is the same today, nobody wants one, and its look-alike derivatives have only gotten worse with time).
Third, high repair cost is not rocket science. Tesla is literally saying in 2023 that they are realizing bumpers could be designed for better parts availability and lower cost for minor repairs.
I refer you again to the Audi A8 that was honest about its engineering, warning people to not buy the car if they planned to inexpensively repair things.
Ten years ago people would grab a wrecked Tesla, hack them back together and put them out as rogue vehicles (disconnected from Tesla). Then people realized just how much Tesla sucks overall, and they moved the Tesla’s TZero guts to project cars. Now, there’s not really a point to either. It’s a disposable landfill nightmare.
Tesla is just a terrible company that struggles to deliver more than 10,000 miles without a catastrophic event. Hundreds of vehicles showing up like this is NOT explained by a bad driver or a patch of road.
Although, to be fair, Tesla’s brand does attract people who don’t want to drive and are likely bad drivers. That goes back to my first point, though.
Bottom line, while spontaneous fire is a regular Tesla fact, the even bigger picture is that the whole company is a raging dumpster fire.
We’re not talking enough about the systemic flaws in risk management within this third rate mediocre car company. It simply doesn’t make a product safe or reliable enough for mass market. Worse, it knows its safety warnings are seriously flawed and undermined by its own marketing.
Tesla is basically the sad lawn dart of the car industry.
It should be banned.