We usually bring news of Tesla Motors technological advancements in the auto world but this time, we have a simple video of the Tesla S catching fire!
After a driver ran over a metal object in the middle of the road in Kent, Washington earlier this week the driver was alerted to flee the car before the EV began burning, eventually catching fire! Check it out…
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Pretty crazy huh? Obviosuly the news caused all sorts of headlines and investor concerns with shares plummeting by 6% and Tesla’s total value dropping by $600 million.
Wired Autopia expalain why it shouldn’t be that much of a big deal:
Between 2006-2010, there have been an average of 152,300 car fires in the U.S. each year
They account for 10 percent of reported fires in the states. But you rarely hear about the Toyota Camry that goes up in flames after something pierces its gas tank.
The fact is that on-board energy storage is dangerous. The same fire could have happened to another EV, a traditional internal combustion engine, a hydrogen fuel cell, a compressed air-powered vehicle, or any other fuel that can propel a two-ton hunk of metal, plastic, and rubber down the road at freeway speeds.
In a statement released by Tesla, the automaker said that “a Model S collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle.” Tesla spokeswoman Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean confirmed to the New York Times that the fire was caused by a “direct impact of a large metallic object to one of the 16 modules within the Model S battery pack,” but because each cell is isolated by design, the fire wouldn’t spread to the rest of the pack. Jarvis-Shean has confirmed to WIRED that it is in possession of the Model S at one of its facilities and is “studying what happened.”
Tesla had a brief brush with a car fires in 2011 when it recalled 439 Roadsters after one fire was reported by an owner and was linked to a 12-volt cable located behind the front headlamp. And Tesla’s not alone.
Boeing had a much-publicized fire onboard its new Boeing Dreamliner due to a lithium-ion battery pack, resulting in the grounding of its entire fleet of 787s before a fix was made.
But the bottom line is simple: energy storage – in all its forms – is problematic. And this is just the latest incident that proves it.
So would this stop you from buying a Tesla? Let us know.