Dynamite: Owner blows up his Tesla in protest over new battery cost

Dynamite: Owner blows up his Tesla in protest over new battery cost
Credit: YouTube screenshot

Dynamite: An owner blows up his Tesla in protest over the cost of a new battery. The car exploded with an effigy of Elon Musk inside it.

Finnish motorist Tuomas Katainen was angry over the staggering cost of a new replacement battery for his Tesla. He made a surprising decision and decided to blow his electric vehicle to pieces with dynamite.

Katainen used 30 kilograms of dynamite to blow up his Tesla S Model 2012. Reportedly replacing the battery was set to cost him a staggering 20,000 euros.


The Tesla owner contacted some friends who like to blow things up on YouTube. The Pommijätkät ‘bomb dudes’ group decided to help him and set about making a stunning explosion complete with a dummy inside the car with the face of Elon Musk.

The YouTubers recorded the whole thing and showed Katainen as he strapped multiple sticks of dynamite to the car. The car was blown up in Finland in snowy terrain to ensure that no one was hurt.

The explosion was spectacular and Katainen commented on the video: “When I bought that Tesla, the first 1,500 km were nice, it was an excellent car so far.

“The error code hit in, so I ordered a tow truck to take my car in a service

“The car was about a month in a Tesla dealer’s workshop and finally I got a call that they can’t do anything for my car, the only option is to change the whole battery cell.

“The cost would be at least Euro 20,000 [£17,000] and permission for the operation has to be asked from Tesla.

“So I told them that I’m going to explode the whole car away because apparently there was no guarantee or anything.”

Just before the explosion the Tesla owner jokingly said: “So now we are in a point where there is bombs attached on a car and Tesla is ready to go.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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