2 Reasons the Tesla Fire Video Shouldn’t Dampen Your Enthusiasm for Electric Cars

Most of us are used to seeing old smoking junkers burst into flames on the freeway, but a brand new Model S? Who would bring a Tesla to the “Carbeque?”

On Friday, October 4, 2013 in Seattle, the Tesla Model S, known for its premium performance, features and 85k litium ion battery, burst into flames. The event was captured on a smartphone and posted to YouTube accompanied by the videographer’s surprised: “Damn that’s a Tesla, dude!”  As of this writing, the video has gotten over three million views.

Tesla Motors Chief Executive, Elon Musk, explained that a chunk of metal fell from a trailer in front of the Tesla and hit the undercarriage of the car, rupturing the armor plating surrounding the battery. Sparks ignited the front battery module, but the The fire never reached the passenger compartment.Driver and passenger were able to pull over and exit the vehicle safely.

Are Electric Cars Prone to Fires?

  • No: Given the right, extreme circumstances, anything can catch fire. This Tesla S certainly was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but at least it didn’t have highly combustible gasoline to contend with.
  • No:  Every year in the United States, more than 150,000 cars catch fire for a myriad of reasons.  Electric cars have a fire ratio of 1 in 100 million. Compare that to the fact that one out of 20 million gas-powered cars catch fire. This means that a gas-powered car is five times more likely to catch fire than an electric vehicle.

We all learned long ago that driving any vehicle is dangerous and potentially life threatening. Even the buggies the Amish drive turn over from time to time. Bicyclists take their lives in their hands when they pedal to work. These modes of transportation offer such convenience, however, we embrace the risk. If you’re particularly concerned about the fire risk with electric vehicles or electric vehicle chargers, feel free to call us at 619-249-6159 or contact us here. As master electricians, our knowledge of current and electric vehicles can help you make a decision.

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