Teslas are expensive vehicles. Boats are expensive vehicles. But that is where the similarities end, and you really shouldn’t use the former as a double for the latter. Even if Elon Musk says the electric car will float “well enough.”
Musk’s tweet was in response to a story on Elektrek, which included a video of a man driving a Tesla S in Kazakhstan that appeared to be floating across some seriously flooded roads. Meanwhile, the traditional cars on the road don’t seem to be moving at all. (Please ignore the not-so-subtle use of “The Blue Danube” waltz that doesn’t at all scream “I am really hoping this video goes viral.”)
Musk also explained on Twitter that the reason the car doesn’t short out (as anyone who has ever tried to drive through a particularly puddle-filled street can attest) is because the “drive units and batter are sealed” to keep water out. If you really want to take to the sea that badly, maybe just drop $70,000 on a boat instead.