A Tesla Model S P90D that was part of the company’s three-month ‘Electric Road Trip’ all over the world caught fire while performing in Biarritz, France.
The automaker is celebrating the more than 2.5 billion miles covered by its range of electric vehicles – but the event might be clouded by the sudden incident. The story is still unfolding – with no apparent cause to the incident – but it appears the car suddenly made a big noise and sent a visual alert on the dashboard claiming there was a problem with “charging”. The Tesla employee asked the driver to park the car and the duo along with another passenger exited the vehicle safely – only to see moments later the Model S catching fire. While firefighters were quick to arrive at the scene, the car wasn’t salvaged as it burned to crisp and subsequently totally destroyed.
According to reports on the matter, Tesla commented “We are working with the authorities to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation. The passengers are all unharmed. They were able to safely exit the vehicle before the incident occurred.“ This is an interesting developing story – not because an electric vehicle caught fire (this is less common actually than gasoline or diesel cars catching fire) but to the exact cause of the mishap. Other fires of Tesla’s Model S all occurred due to high-velocity impacts with debris on the road – resolved by the automaker by adding a titanium plate to protect the batteries.