• Oct 23, 2009
Ouch.

A three-way crash between a Tesla Roadtser, Toyota Prius and a VW Touareg didn't leave a pretty scene behind, but it appears that at least the Tesla driver walked away with only minor bruises. We don't know what happened to the occupants of the other vehicles. According to Autopia, it seems that the Roadster was allegedly stopped when the Prius hit it from behind – going about 50 mph – and pushed the Tesla under the SUV (note the piece of the EV in the VW's rear end). We'll just say it again: Ouch.

UPDATE: More from Autopia.

[Source: Autopia]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy Shit.

      Was the Prius driver mesmerized by the Tesla and thus wasn't paying attention? Or was the prius driver checking Kwh usage on the touch screen?

      Hopefully the prius driver has GOOD insurance. That's a LOT of money right there.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously, this just goes to prove it's not good to mix tall SUVs and short (low) cars. SUVs should be required to have bumpers that extend further down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When was the last time anyone took an SUV off road?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't care how you modify your vehicle when riding off-road (i.e. not on public roads). If you need to remove the bumper to get decent ground clearance, go right ahead. Just make sure you put it back on when getting back onto a public road.

        And of course, the bumper height requirement should also apply to sports cars. And that probably means some sports cars would need the bumper moved higher than they are now. But I don't see why SUVs should set the standard for bumper height. The standard should probably be set to average height of passenger cars (sedans/hatchbacks).
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Andy
        "When was the last time anyone took an SUV off road?"
        Last weekend going camping. Heaps of rough, unsealed "public" roads here in Australia, mate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, how would you take that SUV offroad then? The opposite should be the case. Lift the bumper bar of the sportscar!!! ;o) But I guess some people don't like this idea either. I can just imagine how this would look like ;o)))))
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, they should be required to have air suspension.
        When stopped, or coming to a stop, the Touareg can drop its ride height.
        Some people like the higher seating position, so maximum ride height should be for around town driving, like 25mph, and the height progressively drops as you go faster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That must have been the most energy efficient pile up in the history of the automobile...
      • 5 Years Ago
      1) First we should be happy no serious injuries. That being said- it's kind of cool that we are at the point where a 50mpg hybrid can be in an accident with an EV that has a 220 mile range.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well said, Brett!! in both regards: you "checked" on the people first...
        then the cool comment about the advance of less polluting hi-tech vehicles.
        I concur, my brother, and "+"ed your comment!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think its great that we live in an age where an electric car and a hybrid can slam into each other while a mostly undamanged suv sits on top of them. Note to self... buy a Touareg, preferably a TDI.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And then the Scary lithium batteries all exploded and blew up and entire city block!

      Wait, you mean that didn't happen? But I heard lithium batteries are super dangerous!



        • 5 Years Ago
        Ok, let me try this one last time. This is what happens to lithium battery when physically damaged without any safety measures in place.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fG_UuPmLO1c

        The Tesla Roadster is full of them, and yet, that didn't happen in this accident because there are safety measures in place to prevent it. However, people who don't understand that the Tesla pack is safe think that the vehicle would be dangerous and possibly explode in the event of a collision. Hence, my post.

        I was at no point referring to fuel of any kind. Nor do I think that all car accidents end in explosions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Tesla is a safe car because it's a Lotus design chassis. Simple as that. Hold your comments about the other two cars until you hear what happened bout the drivers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently comments drenched in sarcasm are lost on you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...yeah.... You still don't get it.

        Lithium batteries (without safety features) are notorious for exploding when either overcharged or damaged. A lot of people think that electric cars like the Tesla are dangerous because of it, and this one took a Prius right into the battery pack. And it didn't explode! Obviously, the pack worked as designed and contained any cells that may have gone bad inside the pack.

        Get it now? I've explained it beyond the point of being funny.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I know exactly what you meant....I just wanted to point out stupid it is to point out how unsafe are fuels are when they are just as safe as batteries.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tell me something new genius...AGAIN...how many cars do you see in accidents that simply explode?

        Let me know when you get it....
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's your point? Do all car crashes end in fuel tanks exploding genius?

        Uhhhh....uhhhhh...wait for it....uhhhhh...NO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Roadsters are doing great in crashes so far! A handful of them have been in pretty serious wrecks, with no injuries. One rolled near France at ~100 mph after the drive lost control in the rain and I think the result was a sprained or maybe broken wrist (didn't hear anything confirming exactly).

        These are safe cars. And there are LOTS of safety features for the battery pack!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Tesla driver is extremely lucky. If that SUV had landed about a foot in either direction of where it did, the driver would have been struck by a rear tire... and probably crushed/killed. Furthermore, the rounded back end of the Touareg probably prevented it from digging in to the front of the roadster. If it had, the roadster would probably be a few feet shorter front to back instead of parked under the other vehicle. That could have been really bad, really easily.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "This just in...Prius driver inattentive while 'recycling' nostril contents. News at eleven"

      PS: I do really hope everyone is okay. Looks like a pretty severe hit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The title should say

      Hybrid vs Electric vs Diesel (if the VW is a Diesel)

      OMG that is so funny to look at the low roadster vs the big and high SUV vs the ordinary looking car.
      IamXD
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is going to fuel the marketing effort at several companies. Everyone is now going to claim that EVs are perfectly safe. This crash only proves that Teslas are safe, and that makes sense. Lotus has been keeping drivers safe in high powered sports cars for a long time and Tesla made some smart decisions going with them.

      I think we are going to see a different story when the Chinese cars hit the market. Every week I read about some new company that wants to take an electric motor and stuff it into some Chinese sedan. They definitely don't have a history of making safe cars.

      I think we might see some really nasty stuff happen when those products launch. Maybe they can squeak by the North American and Euro standards, but there are many types of crashes that aren't tested for...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a joke right?

      ...What do you get when you cross a Toyota Prius, a Tesla Roadster, and a Volkswagon Toureg?
      • 5 Years Ago
      We have a two week old thread on this crash with more photos here:
      http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/tesla-roadster/3363-crash-euro-spec-roadster-vs-vw-suv.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      The headline should have read:

      Toyota Prius murders Tesla Roadster in fit of jealous rage!
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