Man explodes Tesla after mechanics charge $23K for a new battery

Tuomas Katainen, a Finnish man bought his Tesla in 2013, and it rode like a dream — for about the first 930 miles. “It was an excellent car,” he said. “Then the error codes hit.”

And after a month at the mechanic shop, mechanics said he’d need the “whole battery cell” replaced, at a price of 20,000 euros, either $23,900.

Instead of going for a new batteries, he opted to blowing up the luxury car.

“So I told them I’m coming to pick up the Tesla. Now I’m going to explode the whole car away.” he said in a video, produced by Finnish YouTuber Pommijätkät.

 

More than 2.8 million have watched the eight-and-a-half-minute episode of the reality stunt web show, which received a call from Katainen for help blowing up his out-of-warranty Tesla.

 

Crews set up the explosion at a former quarry in snowy Jaala, in southern Finland, where they flanked about 66 pounds (33 kilograms) of dynamite to the self-driving sedan.

 

The event wouldn’t be complete of course without Elon Musk in attendance — which, naturally, he was not. But the crew did go so far as to hire a helicopter to fly over the blast site and drop a crash test dummy with a portrait of Elon Musk glued to its face. It was also wearing a jumpsuit and a helmet, for realism.

 

Tesla Electric car manufacturer has been fighting off a lot of negative feedback lately. The carmaker is currently dealing with some heat from the government after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a probe into their built-in gaming console earlier this week. Tesla quickly responded and agreed to disable the “Passenger Play” feature from 580,000 vehicles from their 2017 lines.

 

Last month, Tesla also recalled 11,700 cars over a faulty self-driving system, following again a NHTSA investigation behind the cause of 11 crashes since 2018 of drivers using “autopilot.”

The cost of a new Tesla Model S is about $95,000, but the experience of blowing one up is priceless.

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