'Unintended Acceleration' Complaint Against Model S Is Meaningless

Eric Lovejoy casts the report of an 'unintended acceleration' by a Tesla Model S in an more critical light.

Published: 26-Sep-2013

Now widely reported, a Tesla Model S supposedly had some “unintended acceleration,” which led to it jumping a curb and landing on top of a 4.5-foot high retaining wall.

It seems miraculous to us that this 4,647.3-pound electric vehicle jumped 4.5 feet into the air.

What’s even more suspect is that it jumped that high after hitting a curb that’s one foot away from the retaining wall. We’re still trying got picture this in our heads, but try as we might, we just can’t find this plausible.

Regardless, several media outlets are reporting that a formal unintended acceleration complaint, citing the culprit as the Tesla Model S, has been filed with the NHTSA.


Long-range Plan for national Tesla supercharger station network in North America, some of which will use solar power.

A 30-minute charge session, according to Tesla, will give a Model S with an 80 kilowatt-hour battery pack about 150 miles' worth of charge.

The base version of the Model S goes for just over $57,000 before federal tax credit.

Tesla’s shares have tumbled over the last few days on account of supply problems, forcing the company to revised down its revenue projections.

Illustration of Model S being charged at Supercharger.

Tesla’s supercharger unleashes too much power for other EVs to take, so there is a legitimate reason for the company to keep the stations closed off to other vehicles.


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