Here's one that will make even those of you who hate Mondays smile: A feral kitten rescue operation. The poor little guy too refuge in a Tesla Model S engine compartment and was apparently stuck. Not even a can of tuna could lure him or her out, so the cavalry had to be called to the rescue. The Tesla service team picked up the electric car and put it on a lift, and then opened up the panel that covers the engine compartment in the rear.
Tesla service team helps save a stray kitten that took refuge in a Model S. Nice work guys! https://t.co/Ddp5K9MpW2— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2015
As you can see in the video, the underside of the Model S is quite smooth compared to a gasoline car, which helps be more aerodynamic. The underside now also has a titanium shield with aluminum deflectors on top of the armored plate that protects the battery from random debris that could be on the road. Here are some slow-motion videos of tests that were done to make sure it's strong enough.
First is a three-ball tow hitch:
Then a concrete block:
And an alternator:
Tesla performed 152 tests like these, and the new enhanced shields prevented any damage that could cause a fire or penetrate through the quarter inch "ballistic grade aluminum armor plate" that is already on the Model S. "We have tried every worst case debris impact we can think of, including hardened steel structures set in the ideal position for a piking event, essentially equivalent to driving a car at highway speed into a steel spear braced on the tarmac." So the underside of the Model S is basically Fort Knox.