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EVs Cannot Drive Through Rain Floods? Watch This…

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One of the many questions or perhaps misconceptions that people have about electric vehicles is that they cannot go through accumulated water. Naturally, people are concerned as with global climate change, flash floods seem to be becoming a regular issue in most parts of the world and common sense tells you that electricity and water do not mix.

However not many people are aware that electric vehicles actually tend to fare better in flood conditions compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars. This is because an electric motor has no air intake, so there is no chance of hydrolock, where water gets sucked into the engine intake and damages the engine.

Related: Tips: Driving Through Rain-Flood Water

A recent video of Tesla Model 3 in Malaysia going through a flood was shared by Paultan where the water was deep enough to cover the 18 inch wheels of that Tesla.

As a matter of fact, Tesla actually tests cars that rolls off its Shanghai gigafactory (in China) in deep water as part of its quality control process. See the video below:

Tesla Model 3 quality control testing procedures

Previously many other videos of EVs wading through water made their way on the internet. Such as this Tesla in China effortlessly making its way through flood water.

Similarly, this Tata Nexon EV in India makes it look so easy to wade through rain flood.


And if you are wondering why no Chinese electric vehicle displaying its strength yet. Here is an Xpeng P7 for you showing its muscles going through a massive flood accumulation.

Still, its not recommended to drive your electric car or any other car through floods even though the wading depth of EVs seem superior to ICE-powered cars of a similar body type. Though essential components might not be damaged but water can still cause damage to other parts that might not receive the same waterproofing treatment, such the wheel bearings, brakes, bolts & horn etc.

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