Some sad news coming in…a Tesla Model S 90D has reportedly caught fire during its test run in France. The car was a part of the Electric Road Trip Tour and was at Biarritz, France to promote the Model S and Model X over the weekend, when the incident happened. It is said that there was a loud noise and the charging error signal flashed on the dashboard screen during the Model S 90D Public Drive. The Tesla employee who was inside the car asked the person driving the car to stop immediately on the side of the road and exit the vehicle. The Tesla employee, along with the person driving the car and another passenger, exited the vehicle moments later, after which the car caught fire according to witnesses.
Fire fighters did arrive quickly, but till then the car was fully destroyed due to the fire. It may be noted that earlier too, the Model S had caught fire while Supercharging in Norway earlier this year. The earlier fires caused were mostly due to severe impacts and debris on the road, puncturing the battery pack at high speed. Due to earlier such incidents, Tesla added a titanium shield on the bottom of the battery pack to add to the protection. The cause of the fire is still unknown. A Tesla spokesperson issued the following statement: “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.”
Tesla is a transportation and energy company. It sells vehicles under its ‘Tesla Motors’ division and stationary battery packs for home, commercial and utility-scale projects under its ‘Tesla Energy’ division. The Tesla Model S is an all-electric luxury sedan and the first vehicle developed from the ground up by Tesla. The Model S start at $66,000 (approx Rs. 44 lakhs) for the Model S 60 base version and can go up to $130,000 (approx Rs. 86.5 lakhs) in the US for the all-equipped Model S P90D with Ludicrous mode.The Tesla vehicles can go about 210 miles (338kms) to 284 miles (458kms) in a single charge.