Forget being on a boat, a Tesla Model S can be the boat.
This came to light after a driver in Kazakhstan posted a dashcam video of his Model S floating in deep water. The footage shows the car following a string of others through a flooded tunnel. When the guy tried going around a few slow vehicles, he ended up in water so deep it came partway up the windshield.
Of course, people were amazed the car kept running. Why, I’m not sure. It’s not like a Tesla has an air intake for the motors. Plus the Model X can clean toxic chemicals out of the air, creating a bubble of breathable air around it. The military should seriously look into using Teslas.
In any case, Elon Musk took to Twitter and confirmed that the Model S can float like a boat for short periods of time. Sending power to the wheels will propel it forward, but not as well as rolling down the windows and using some paddles (I’m kidding on that one). He also emphasized that floating the car isn’t recommended (i.e. it’ll probably void your warranty).
So there you go: electric cars don’t melt when exposed to lots of water. In fact, they might handle the situation better than traditional vehicles.