Sci-Tech: Elon Musk responds to Tesla Model S fire
As you may have heard, a Tesla Motors Model S vehicle caught on fire in Seattle on Thursday after striking metallic debris on the freeway: Elon Musk defends Tesla electric car after fire – USA Today [incl. video report].
A video of the fire (see below) caused quite stir, as stockholders and analysts imagined Tesla might be entering a Boeing 787 battery fire-like crisis. The rave reviews and high rankings of the Model S have sent the stock price soaring in the past few months and this is the first significant negative news that the company has encountered recently.
However, in a response from Elon Musk, he explains that the puncture led to a fire in a small section of the battery pack and it was isolated as planned by the firewall design. Similar damage to a gasoline car could have created a much bigger conflagration : Model S Fire – Tesla Motors Blog