Over 30 First Generation Tesla Roadsters Lost in a Fire

18 Oct
2021

Gruber Motors had a terrible fire over the weekend that started with a faulty building electrical panel, and lost 30+ first generation Tesla Roadsters.  There were so few Roadsters made (around 2,450) that such a loss is not inconsequential & could represent 2% or more of all remaining Tesla Roadsters on Earth (assuming others have been totaled/scrapped for other reasons over the years- and some definitely have).

I found out about this sad news today and it made me wonder if there could be a way to improve the odds when things like this happen.  Lithium Ion batteries fires are notoriously hard/impossible to extinguish once battery packs are ignited, and for a unique company like Gruber Motors who service and repair these older Roadsters, the chances of fire spreading from vehicle to vehicle to a catastrophic end have unfortunately proven to be high (this is their second fire in about 4 years).

I came up with a concept that is without a doubt impractical in many ways, but here is a thought experiment: what if there were some sort of ‘smart roller’ system that could attempt to move & separate cars in the event of a fire?  Something embedded in the floor that could at least try to separate cars, or even whisk them out of the building?  I am aware of the unrealistic expectation of how many things would have to ‘go right’ for a system like this to actually work, not to mention the cost & maintenance to build the things or keep them maintained.  Maybe a series of in-floor rollers or conveyor belts that could at least separate a row of cars or force them outside/away from other cars.  Solid state batteries could be used to power these “escape” systems in the event of power loss in the structure and would hopefully be less prone to catching fire themselves.

My crudely mocked up ‘product listing’ below may look silly, but it is not intended to be a joke or in poor taste in the aftermath of the loss sustained by Gruber Motors.  I wanted to put some ideas out there for discussion.  Here is an idea for a product along these lines:

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