The crash video unfold by way of social media earlier than AXA admitted to the German publication 24AutoDE that there was no battery within the automobile, and it had as an alternative used pyrotechnics.
“For security causes, it was not doable to ignite an actual battery hearth at an occasion with round 500 individuals, which is why a fireplace with pyrotechnics was staged,” AXA advised the publication.
The insurer mentioned it had aimed to “level out the hazard” of a cell hearth, which it mentioned may end result from injury to the underside of an electrical automobile (EV).
It mentioned it had additionally needed to “level out the issues” with fires in EVs typically.
“Fortuitously, fires are very uncommon in electrical automobiles in addition to in standard combustion engines,” the insurer conceded.
AXA would go on to replace a press launch with additional data that the automobile had no battery in – however not till after AutoDE24 had reached out, the motor publication reported.
The crash check was labelled an instance of “concern, uncertainty, and doubt” by Johna Crider, a author for Teslerati and a Tesla shareholder.
“How are you going to declare that one thing catches on hearth after which do a check with out that object?” Crider queried. “And actually, something will catch on hearth for those who set it on hearth.”
New Zealand based mostly automobile reviewer Gavin Shoebridge known as the stunt “weird” in a social media submit.
“The insurer AXA arrange this unbelievable demonstration of a Tesla scraping its battery and bursting into flames,” mentioned Shoebridge.
“The one drawback was… it was 100% staged and 500% weird.”
“What a bizarre timeline we’re in,” Shoebridge added.