When Tesla Model S owner Tuomas Katainen brought his 2013 Tesla Model S to a shop with an error code, he was shocked to learn that the car required a $20,000 battery pack replacement. Used cars of his model year go for around $40,000 with functional batteries, but Katainen had no interest in recouping value. He had an interest in telling the shop that he was going to blow the car up.
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Fortunately for him, Finnish YouTube channel Pommijätkät specializes in blowing things up. They wrapped his car in 30 kilograms of dynamite, apparently the total necessary to destroy a mid-sized premium sedan, and let him do the honors without asking questions like “are there non-explosive solutions to this problem?”
Katainen did remove some parts that still had value, like the original electric motor, and others that were unsafe to blow up, like the now-useless original battery pack. But he left most of the car intact, enough for the ultimate catharsis. It took just a simple push of a button (and hours of prep time from a professional demolition team with a Finnish-language YouTube channel) for him to turn his once-pristine Model S into scattered components.
Was it a productive use of resources? Absolutely not. Did it solve his original problem? Not even a little. But he told a shop that asked him to pay half the value of his car to keep it on the road that he would rather blow the car up instead and keep his word when he said it. “Admirable” may be the wrong word, but there is something to respect about it.
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