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The crash video unfold by means of social media earlier than AXA admitted to the German publication 24AutoDE that there was no battery within the automobile, and it had as an alternative used pyrotechnics.
“For security causes, it was not potential to ignite an actual battery hearth at an occasion with round 500 folks, which is why a hearth with pyrotechnics was staged,” AXA advised the publication.
The insurer stated it had aimed to “level out the hazard” of a cell hearth, which it stated may end result from injury to the underside of an electrical automobile (EV).
It stated it had additionally needed to “level out the issues” with fires in EVs on the whole.
“Fortuitously, fires are very uncommon in electrical vehicles in addition to in typical combustion engines,” the insurer conceded.
AXA would go on to replace a press launch with additional data that the automobile had no battery in – however not till after AutoDE24 had reached out, the motor publication reported.
The crash check was labelled an instance of “concern, uncertainty, and doubt” by Johna Crider, a author for Teslerati and a Tesla shareholder.
“How are you going to declare that one thing catches on hearth after which do a check with out that object?” Crider queried. “And actually, something will catch on hearth in the event you set it on hearth.”
New Zealand primarily based automobile reviewer Gavin Shoebridge known as the stunt “weird” in a social media publish.
“The insurer AXA arrange this unimaginable demonstration of a Tesla scraping its battery and bursting into flames,” stated Shoebridge.
“The one downside was… it was 100% staged and 500% weird.”
“What a bizarre timeline we’re in,” Shoebridge added.
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