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Insurer Admits Faking Tesla Crash Demo

100-foot-tall Model S explodes. AXA lied it happened at a PR event. 24Auto.de admitted.

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Two incidents highlighted electric car risks. AXA said the prank illustrated what happens when an EV motorist has "extra torque."

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AXA claimed the "underbody is the Achilles heel of electric cars because the battery isn't secured," despite many new electric cars' substantial undercarriage protection.

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24Auto asked the insurance company whether the fire was faked. AXA later clarified that "a battery fire would have been too risky owing to the visitors"

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so all the battery cells were removed from the Tesla before the stunt. AXA "apologized if we conveyed the incorrect impression" by using pyrotechnics.

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Why perform the stunt? The corporation wants to highlight a study that found EV drivers in Switzerland have 50% more accidents with damaged automobiles.

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The second test, a head-on collision between an e-Golf and ICE Golf, showed that EVs are heavier (which, yes, we knew).

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Overall, it doesn't appear like there was a need to torch a Model S to show a point, as AXA noted in its own news release that battery fires are rare.

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The insurance then agreed that its staged crash probably wouldn't have caused a fire. Leave the fireworks until the after-party next time.

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