A Norwegian Tesla Model S owner got a terrible surprise one evening when
his luxury electric vehicle caught fire at a charging station. Within
minutes, the entire vehicle was completely ablaze.
Firefighters were immediately called to the scene, but because the vehicle
was electric, they could not use regular water to put out the blaze. The
only way to extinguish an electric car fire, apparently, is to use water
with a copper material, but since this is too expensive for fire departments,
responders resolved to just let the car burn out on its own while periodically
spraying it down with foam. Thankfully, no one was hurt.
According to one of the firefighters who responded to the supercharging
station, electric vehicle fires release large quantities of fluorine gas,
making breathing the smoke extremely dangerous. When an electric vehicle
burns, the toxic gases it emits are far more deadly than a normal car.
Tesla Model S vehicles have been involved in at least four documented fires
over the past few years related to crashes or charges. While CEO Elon
Musk has attempted to assuage public fears by claiming that a car fire
is a rare and unlikely event, public confidence in the brand may be waning.
Consumer Reports has revoked its endorsement of the vehicle, and Tesla
has yet to address the potential issue with the vehicle’s battery pack.
The NHTSA has been looking into whether high-voltage lithium ion batteries
pose a potential safety hazard to consumers.
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car fire in Norway.
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