Tesla Model S Fire Fuels Electric Car Fears
Posted: October 3, 2013 by Emily Brown
A video of a burning Tesla Model S, recently ranked as "the safest car in the USA" by NHTSA, was posted online Wednesday causing fear among users that led the company's stock price to drop.
It's true the electric sedan manufactured by Tesla Motors does not have a tank full of gasoline to burn, but it still can catch fire, as evidenced by the video above.
The short clip, taken from a passing car, shows unidentified distant Model S in flames, with firefighters on the scene. It becomes clear that the car in question is really a Model S as the videographer gets closer.
The incident brought up questions whether the high-capacity batteries in electric cars were safe and subsequently caused a drop in Tesla's stock price.
According to a Tesla spokesperson, the fire was caused after the car hit a large metal object in the road, causing significant damage and enacting a warning advising the driver to pull over.
Luckily, there were no injuries in the star-crossed episode and the spokesperson went on to note that the fire was contained to the front of the car, and never entered the passenger compartment.