A Tesla Motors Inc Model S caught fire at a Supercharger station while charging and was destroyed. While investigating the incident, the Norwegian agency found that the fire started in the car itself, and not the Supercharger, says a report from Carscoops. The exact reason for the fire could not be determined as the fire completely gutted and turned the Model S into a pile of waste.
What is a Tesla Supercharger?
Tesla has built an impressive network of Superchargers for use by Tesla EVs. This is the first time a Tesla has caught on fire while charging. The Supercharger Stations are located along popular highways in the US and many European countries allowing drivers to travel long distances without the fear of running out of “gas”. Superchargers are fast, adding over 300 miles of range for each hour on the charger. A typical stop at a Supercharger takes 15 – 30 minutes. Still longer than a stop for gas, but not terribly so.
Supercharger not at fault
The local fire department reached out to put-off the fire, but they could not do so because they got instructions not to douse the car in water as it could have led to another accident – electrical hazard from the high voltage battery pack.
The initial images and details indicated Supercharger to be the cause of fire. This would have been the first of its kind despite a handful known cases of Model S fires in 2013 and 2014. It seems now, this was not the case, and the real culprit behind the fire may never be found. But, since Supercharger is not at fault, there are good chances of being something wrong with the car.
Tesla EVs safer than gas cars
Since the EV technology is relatively new, therefore, Tesla Motors Inc and its charging stations have to face a great amount of scrutiny. Since 2012, just 5 fire accidents have taken place with Model S car, but they did not result in any injuries.
In each of the case, Tesla provided the affected owners with a new car to make the loss good. Chances of catching fire are relatively higher for car with internal combustion engines. The National Fire Protection Association claims that almost 17 car fires take place per hour throughout the US.
Musk accused of stealing customer’s car
In a separate but interesting news, a would be Tesla buyer recently wrote about Tesla stealing his car, in a blog titled “How Elon Musk Stole My Car.” Autoblog digged the real story saying this person ordered a Model S from Tesla demonstrator stock, which the firm refers to as ‘inventory cars,’ and sells at a slight discount.
He waited for the Model S, but never got it, and the Tesla Motors Inc staff repeatedly ignored his calls. He then contacted someone within the firm, who told him the embarrassing truth that the car he picked was earmarked for internal use before it got sold. CEO Elon Musk, who wanted to test the latest iteration of autopilot, was using it.
This person believes that the firm did not know how to break the news, and therefore, was avoiding his calls. So, the truth is that Musk did not really steal his car, but it all happened because of a simple clerical mistake, or human error.