A top-of-the-line Tesla Model S Plaid burst into flames Tuesday night in Haverford, Pennsylvania, momentarily catching the driver inside, as indicated by the nearby local group of firefighters. A lawyer for the owner said the vehicle “spontaneously combusted.”
Firefighters from both the Gladwyne and Lower Merion Fire Departments showed up on the scene in a matter of seconds before 9 PM ET on Tuesday. The firemen, who had been prepared on the most proficient method to react to battery fires, including Tesla vehicles, “laid a 5 inch supply line into the scene so we could keep a constant water stream on the fire to smother the fire and cool the batteries down to guarantee total extinguishment,” as indicated by an assertion from the Gladwyne Fire Department. The driver figured out how to get away, and there were no wounds revealed.
Tesla’s Model S Plaid is an excellent quality, super-fast version of the automaker’s unique electric vehicle. Tesla CEO Elon Musk held a splashy occasion last month to report the primary client conveyances of the $130,000 car. According to Ben Meiselas, a legal counselor who works for the firm addressing the anonymous proprietor, the Model S Plaid was one of the initial 250 vehicles dispatched to clients.
Our firm & @AthleteDefender represent an exec who purchased new Tesla Plaid Model S, which was 1/250 shipped. On Tuesday it spontaneously combusted. Our client was trapped & could have died. We tried reaching out to Tesla & have been ignored so far. This is car after escape. pic.twitter.com/wXyJXbWggJ
— Ben Meiselas (@meiselasb) July 1, 2021
“This is a harrowing and frightening situation and an obvious major problem,” said Mark Geragos, another attorney representing the owner. “Our preliminary investigation is ongoing, but we call on Tesla to sideline these cars until a full investigation can occur.”
There’s no proof that electric vehicles burst into flames at a unique rate about inner burning vehicles. However, the point has gotten expanded examination as more EVs hit the road. People on call are even trained to deal with EV battery fires since they can’t be smothered through some conventional techniques.
Tesla’s vehicle fires have mainly gotten a ton of consideration — to the point that Musk has publicly pushed back on the inclusion of those episodes. Like Chevrolet, Hyundai, Audi, and NIO, a few organizations have given reviews over the chance of flames in their EVs. Others, similar to Jaguar, have experienced isolated fires with their electric vehicles.
Tesla has kept up with that its cars are the most secure in the world and self-reports yearly vehicle fire insights far lower than those found in fuel-controlled vehicles. The organization has rolled out various improvements to the Model S over the years to lessen the danger of flames.