Tesla Causes Cancer

Tesla Causes Cancer

I was having lunch in Willow Glen (San Jose, CA.) yesterday and overheard a conversation from the table next to me about why the Tesla was a bad idea. There were 8 young folks (mid 20's to mid 30's) discussing the car and one fellow said he wouldn't touch the car because it would give you cancer.

His argument was that you're sitting on top of a giant cell phone battery and that has been proven to cause cancer. What surprised me was that the remaining 7 (4 men & 3 women) people all chimed in and agreed.

I couldn't contain myself and turned around and told them they had no idea of what they were talking about. I have read all the studies about cell phone battery's and draw the same conclusion of those conducting the studies that cell phones don't cause cancer. I also told them that it's stupid and ignorant people like themselves that is driving this country into the toilet. Needless to say they didn't like my assessment of their moronic view about things they have no basis to make statements about. Fortunately, I was finished with lunch and I left them in the dust when I pulled out of the parking lot.

edouard bissada | 29 mars 2013

What we should really be concerned about is that people like this get elected to Congress.

ednixon | 25 août 2013

The battery is not the problem. The wide range of broadband RF coming from the inverter could be. Last Thursday I drove an 85P from LAX to San Francisco and back. When I stopped to recharge at Tejon heading north, I felt a bit 'buzzy' like I was at a television transmitter site on Mt. Wilson, which is what I have been doing for a living.
The proof that there is a lot of broadband non ionizing RF radiation coming from the AC inverter that drives the motor is right there on the dash - the AM radio. I was listening to KFI 640 much of the way, until it succumbed to the whirring noise of the RF tracking the motor speed. It was akin to alternator whine in an ICE car that has a defective capacitor filter on the generator or alternator, but with far richer harmonics. If you know someone who is sensitive to WiFi, Cellular Towers, or Digital Television transmitters, maybe the Model S, or any electric vehicle is not for them. Such people exist, several live in Greenbank, WV, an RF cell tower free zone for radio astronomy.

Robert22 | 25 août 2013

What we should really be concerned about is how an otherwise highly intelligent forum can ridicule a concept with so little definitive evidence.

ChristianG | 26 août 2013


Damn I'd love to be so rich that I need to know the difference between millions, billions and trillions... sight. :P

DTsea | 26 août 2013

We should be concerned that people propose ideas with no evidence behind them, and EVERYBODY ELSE has to disprove them!

Dreamknightmanga | 26 août 2013

Can't fix stupid....

gooshjkc | 26 août 2013

The sad thing about this story is that these kids one day will be at the helm. It's kids like these and the politicians (in general) are the reasons why this world (not only this country) is going down.

By the way, everything in life can cause cancer. There's nothing that's a 100% chance of giving someone cancer. Heard of people smoking for 30 years and living healthy lives.

soma | 26 août 2013

1. There might be valid concern about the EMF from the electric motor, but I doubt any more so than being around any other large motor. Otherwise, none of the things mentioned are physically doing something to you. No RF being radiated, the charger is not doing anything, etc.

2. I'd love to hear a description of what the group of people looked like. What was their demographic? Did they otherwise appear to be maybe reasonable / educated people? Young, old? Rich, poor?

HGP16 | 26 août 2013

While not cancer, I can't be certain if it is just the battery or the whole car that is causing increased wrinkles around my eyes and mouth. Damn Tesla smile.

bobinfla | 26 août 2013

I thought they eliminated Cancer with software Version 5.0?

justineet | 26 août 2013

Their comparison was idiotic....when it comes to cellphones, it is not the phone batteries which are in question regarding cancer. It's the radio electronics which transmit radio waves few inches from your brain that is in question. It has nothing to do with the batteries....

EVMD | 29 août 2013

Cellphones use radio waves batteries don't.

DTsea | 29 août 2013

Besides you have to compare the cancer risk of a battery and motor (trivial) against parking an ICE in your house garage (oil, fumes, carbon monoxide) plus the pollution it emits. Seems like a no-brainer. Oh, wait, I guess that 'no-brainers' are what those young people were.