Finnish man blows up Tesla car instead of replacing battery


There are times in life when you have to choose between paying a boatload of money or watching a very big explosion. Well, not really, but the Finnish man Tuomas Katainen does. Katainen is a 2013 Tesla Model S owner who was told he would have to pay more than $22,600 to replace his car’s battery. Apparently it wasn’t worth it to him, so he decided to… collaborate with a YouTuber to blow up his Model S with 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of dynamite.

According to Katainen, his Model S ran “excellent” for the first 932 miles (1,500 kilometers) after he bought it, but then the error codes started showing up. He sent his car to a Tesla dealer’s repair shop, where it stayed for about a month, and was told there was nothing they could do for his car. His only option would be to replace the entire battery, which would cost more than $22,600, and he would have to ask Tesla for permission to do the repair.

To put this in perspective, $22,600 would go a long way to buy another used 2013 Model S in Finland that appears to be selling for over $42,900. But Katainen decides this isn’t for him, proving that there is indeed a fine line between logic, anger and madness.

“So I told them I’m coming to pick up the Tesla,” he said in the video. “Now I’m going to explode the whole car.”

To execute his master plan, Katainen enlisted the help of YouTuber pommijätkät, which roughly translates to “Bomb Dudes,” according to Google Translate. (Whether that’s an accurate translation or not, it seems appropriate considering Pommijätkät likes to blow things up).

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Blowing up a car with dynamite may sound fun, but it’s not an easy task. Katainen and Pommijätkät set up the operation in a quarry in Jaala, a small rural town in southern Finland. The group had to consider factors such as the explosive pressure wave and the direction in which the explosion would go to ensure safety.

In the fascinating video, featuring a dummy of Tesla CEO Elon Musk dropped from a helicopter and ending with the very large explosion of Katainen’s Model S, Pommijätkät asks Katainen which is better: a working Tesla or having the car explode with 66 pounds of dynamite?

“Kind of both,” he said. “Maybe more explosion.”


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