Tesla Model Xs fall off Chinese transport truck that broke apart during loading

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  1. clprenz

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    A transport truck in China carrying a fleet of new Tesla Model Xs suffered a structural failure during loading, causing extreme damage to some of the vehicles onboard. Several Model Xs being carried by the transport truck, including one that fell completely off the truck and crashed onto the ground, suffered significant damage after the upper deck of the aging truck fell apart.

    According to Car News China, these “unsafe” transport trucks are a common sight in China and are often uninsured and driven by overworked drivers working more than 12 hours a day. Unlike traditional vehicles being transported by car carriers, the expensive Tesla Model X with a local price tag ranging between $131,000 and $203,000 (904,000 yuan and 1.4 million yuan) weighs in excess of 5,200 pounds  (2,300 kilos), making it significantly heavier than other vehicles that local carriers are more accustomed to carrying.

    Car New China reports that the fleet of brand new Model Xs were coming in from the port of Tianjin, where Tesla has a gallery store and Supercharger station. The Port of Tianjin is located off of the Bohai Sea and is the largest port in Northern China that acts as the main maritime gateway to Beijing. The vehicles were likely destined for the Chinese capital where Tesla currently has five showrooms and two service centers.

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    It’s unclear who will be held responsible for the damage to the vehicles. But based on the presumably low safety standards across Chinese transport trucks, Tesla may be looking for new logistical partners in China.

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    Sedans have long been a favorite vehicle in China as most luxury car owners have drivers and prefer to sit in the back seat. Tesla first targeted the segment by launching an “executive seat” in January 2015, but discontinued the option later that year due to demand. Tesla then focused on bringing the Model X to China to fill the market’s need for high luxury and unique experiences.

    Tesla began operations in China in April, 2014 but suffered lagging sales as a result of inadequate staffing, cultural and governmental barriers, prompting the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker to make management changes soon after. First Model X were seen being transported into China in early 2016 when sales of SUVs in the country began booming. SUVs accounted for nearly 40% of total car sales at the time.

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    Article: Tesla Model Xs fall off Chinese transport truck that broke apart during loading
     
  2. Taylor S Marks

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    These images are painful to look at. Was anybody hurt?
     
  3. Johnny04

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    Do we know how many are actually damaged, and the total estimate cost of the damages?
     
  4. gene

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    We're told there were no injuries and the truck was already loaded with the vehicles before it gave way . Trying to get more info in terms of number of vehicles damaged and their fate.
     
  5. James Rowland

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    That trailer looks remarkably like some shipping containers welded together.
     
  6. Heath Holley

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    Pffft... That'll buff right out... ;-)
     
  7. gene

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    It sure does. You can even see the thin walls of the "container" buckling in the last photo. Such a shame.
     
  8. McRat

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    See? This is why we can't have nice things.
     
  9. martinwinlow

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    Ooops...

    Looking at the side of the trailer (brown painted) in the 3rd photo, it is *riddled* with rust holes! What kind of complete twit would load a two million $-worth of new cars (or *any* car, FTM) onto this accident-waiting-to-happen?
     
  10. Mergoscia

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    Luckely it wasn't a transport truck in Shanghai. My brother-in-law would not have liked that. It is quite common to load expensive stuff in old containers. Not only in China, but in the whole world there are twits. You won't believe how the transportation was of things you have in your house.
    But it is true. In China transportation can become better. Traffic as well. One time in the North of China in Inner Mongolia I was in a mini-van. The driver was crazy. According to me he had a death-wish all the 100 km he had to drive me and my family.
    And my own driving......I drove/ drive fast and sometimes take risks. For sure with my motorbikes.
     

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