The fire apparently was caused when the battery was impaled when the driver ran over a large metal object in the roadway. Though Tesla Motors claims that the fire contained the blaze to the front part of the car, the video clearly shows that the vehicle was engulfed. Fire fighters responding to the blaze were hampered by the fact that adding water to the fire seems to increase the fire’s intensity. Fire fighters learned that dry chemical extinguishers worked better on the fire.
The news of the battery fire caused Wall Street investors to become jittery and the Tesla’s stock fell about 6%.
Luckily in this case, the driver of the Tesla smelled smoke and pulled over before the fire engulfed in flames.
The Tesla fared well in crash front and side impact crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the Model S in every category that it was tested. Because of the absence of a gasoline engine, the vehicle has a longer crumple zone in front. The vehicle has a low center of gravity because of where the battery is mounted and it is nearly impossible to roll over.
Since there are only about 12,000 of the vehicles that have been sold, it is too early to tell whether the battery is going to be problematic or whether this is a rare and isolated incident.
The Model S has earned all types of accolades including the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year and the 2013 World Green Car.
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