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Tesla Model S can be a boat, Elon Musk saysThe CEO of Tesla says the Model S floats well enough to be used as a boat, but he doesn't recommend trying it.
The Tesla model S can be a boat. That's what the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, confirmed on Twitter. Here's some background. Musk recently tweeted out a link to an article that featured a video of a Tesla model S driving through a flooded tunnel. The video is entitled Tesla Model S Swimming, and it now has over 350,000 views. In the video, the Tesla Model S goes into a flooded tunnel where other cars are stuck. The Tesla maneuvers around those vehicles and gets through the tunnel easily. Musk tweeted out, we definitely don't recommend this, but the Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short period of time. He then explained the car would continue to move forward, because it would get thrust via wheel rotation. Regular cars have problems being submerged because water would get into the engine. Tesla vehicles don't have this problem, as it uses electric motors to move. Musk also has a fascination with amphibious cars. He tweeted out, if curious about The Spy Who Loved Me car, I am still planning to do a sports sub car that can drive on roads. Just a side project, limited market potential, little smilie face. Does the emoticon mean that Musk is kidding? Probably not since he's the guy behind Tesla and SpaceX. Also it's a smilie face, not a winky face so there. That's it for this Techie News update, I'm Maya Zack, and you can stay on top of the big stories at cnet.com/updates.