Tesla Model S Catches Fire, Burns to a Crisp in French Test Drive

tesla-logoElectric car maker Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is in some hot water again, as a new report detailing one of its cars catching fire has surfaced, this time on a test drive in France.

From Electrek:

During a test drive in a Model S 90D, the vehicle suddenly made a loud noise and sent a visual alert on the dashboard stating that there was a problem with “charging”. The Tesla employee giving the test drive made the driver park the car on the side of the road and all three (the driver, the Tesla employee and another passenger) exited the vehicle.

The Tesla Model S caught on fire only a moment later (pictured above), according to witnesses.

Luckily, firefighters were on the scene quickly and extinguished the blaze without any injuries. The car was completely destroyed during the fire, which may make finding the exact cause of the fire difficult.

This isn’t the first time a Tesla has caught fire, but this instance might be unique amongst the others:

It is important to note that while electric vehicle fires are widely reported, there’s no evidence that there are any more frequent than gas-powered car fires.

But what is particularly interesting here – though it could change since the story is still developing – is that previous instances of Tesla vehicles catching fire happened after severe impacts, especially after debris on the road punctured the battery pack at high-speed.

Those incidents stopped after Tesla added a titanium shield on the bottom of the battery pack, but so far there’s been no report of an impact in the case of the fire in France today.

Still no word from Tesla regarding the matter. The carmaker typically responds with a shrug to these types of reports, and reminds the public that the Model S is the safest car ever tested by Consumer Reports.

Tesla shares pulled back $1.39 (-0.62%) to $224.20 in Tuesday morning trading. TSLA has fallen about 6% since the start of 2016.


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