December 29, 2021
-Just The News
A Finland resident has blown up his Tesla Model S vehicle instead of paying roughly $23,900 for a new battery cell.
Vehicle owner and Finnish resident Tuomas Katainen recorded the stunt and posted it on YouTube, attracting over 5 million viewers since its Dec. 17 debut.
Katainen bought his Tesla in 2013 and had no problems with the electric vehicle over its first 930 miles and until an error code appeared on its control panel, according to The New York Post, which also reported the cost of a new one is about $95,000.
After the vehicle was in a repair shop for a month and Katainen got the nearly $24,000 estimate, he decide to retrieve the out-of-warranty vehicle, he says in the foreign-language video produced by Finnish YouTuber Pommijätkät, saying, “Now I’m going to explode the whole car away.”
A production crew affixed about 66 pounds of dynamite to the self-driving sedan and included a crash test dummy with a picture of Telsa founder Elon Musk face attached.
Musk reportedly said in 2019 that a total battery replacement should cost $5,000 to $7,000.