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The last time a Tesla Model S struck an object in the road and burst into flames, it resulted in a rather dramatic stock price demise and a hastily put together PR blitz explaining that "there is nothing to see here, move along."
We wondered at the time how soon we would hear the second 'crackle' of battery packs exploding and sure enough, less than a month later, Jalopnik reports (as the clip below shows) another Tesla Model S has caught fire in a Mexico city following a crash. How many Fiskers went up in flames before people started doubting that company's reassurances?
And some color from Jalopnik via the Tesla spokesperson: “We were able to contact the driver quickly and are pleased that he is safe. This was a significant accident where the car was traveling at such a high speed that it smashed through a concrete wall and then hit a large tree, yet the driver walked away from the car with no permanent injury. He is appreciative of the safety and performance of the car and has asked if we can expedite delivery of his next Model S.”
reply to post by sheepslayer247
True. I've seen cars burning before as well just due to the oil on the engine block catching fire. What did surprise me in the video was the explosion after the fire from what appeared to be the batteries.
Remember the old Pinto design flaw in the gas tanks? I wonder if the Tesla has some flaw as well.
reply to post by Bassago
Anti-electric car BS.
Do you know the statistics of regular gas power cars that go up in flames?
Even with 50 (its only been 2) going up Tesla would still have the average gas guzzler beat on those numbers.
reply to post by Bassago
I'm pretty sure my pickup would burst into flames as well if it had gone through a concrete wall and then smacked into a tree.
If there's a flaw in the design, I hope they get it worked out. These sorts of innovations are important to our future.edit on 28-10-2013 by sheepslayer247 because: (no reason given)
In both cases it looks like the fire is consuming the car, too. Probably its made of plastic to be lightweight. I dunno how much the batteries weigh…
What a design, if the burning doesn't get you the explosion will.
Looks like we have a runner up to the old Ford Pinto... in the exploding car award category.