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Fire at Gruber?

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by bonnie, May 9, 2017.

  1. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I just saw a facebook post (reliable source) that Tzero 2, alongside a number of Tesla Roadsters, a Model S, an EV Smart, and an ACR Viper were destroyed in a building fire at Gruber. They were all being stored, fire is not related to a car.

    Does anyone have more information?
     
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  2. thefortunes

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    Yikes, I hope not (not doubting your source, just hoping).
     
  3. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Source was the former owner of the Tzero (he'd sold it a bit ago).
     
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  4. andrewket

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    Sad to see roadsters die that way.
     
  5. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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  6. thefortunes

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    Yep - it's on various news sites (of course they all sensationalize the lithium batteries involved).
     
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    News report states: "A late-afternoon fire that caused the roof of a north Phoenix manufacturing building to collapse on Friday was exacerbated by lithium batteries inside, according to the Phoenix Fire Department."

    Cause of fire not stated. Glad to see that no one was hurt, sorry to see those Roadsters destroyed. Really want to know how many, and which ones.
     
  8. gabeincal

    gabeincal Enjoying Napa life the electric way

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    The value of roadsters just went up a tiny bit... Sad to see these cars go this way...
     
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    Gwgan Almost a wagon

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    Oh god, this is terrible news. Sorry for all involved.
     
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    Very Sad, so many historic and noble worthy cars gone.
     
  12. DeedWest

    DeedWest Too Many Roadsters

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    #12 DeedWest, May 9, 2017
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    This is extremely upsetting.

    If I'm not mistaken...they had a Lightning Green 2.5 at one point. I sincerely hope that one didn't disappear, as that would mean one less of the ~25 ever made.
     
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    There were only 3 T-Zeros too.
     
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    #14 Canuck, May 9, 2017
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    Yes, sad. Arguably, if not for AC Propulsion's T-Zero, there would be no Tesla Motors.
     
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  15. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I heard that most, if not all, Roadsters were salvaged cars that Gruber purchased for the parts. That helps a little (since we already mourned their loss), but this whole thing is incredibly sad.

    From the original owner of the Tzero: "They were using an experimental procedure to "recover" a bricked Tesla Roadster battery and the battery caught fire. It spread through the building. I don't think this says anything about the safety of the battery in general, but I'll bet they perform that procedure outside in the future..."
     
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    I think Gruber purchased #114 which spent some time in London. @ElectricLove could confirm. That car was not salvage.

    If the second part of @bonnie 's post is true then it makes it all the more sad, as the risks of brick recovery are well known and have been discussed here before.

    I hope no customers are left looking for new PEMs now too.
     
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  17. bonnie

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    In addition to the T-Zero, it looks like 6 Roadsters were lost & the previously mentioned Model S, an EV Smart, and an ACR Viper.

    RIP, T-Zero #2. That leaves one semi-working T-Zero on this planet (it needs a battery).

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    Wow, this is sad news. The T-zero is very significant historically and it's sad to see one of the few examples gone.
     
  19. DeedWest

    DeedWest Too Many Roadsters

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    That photo made me sick to my stomach. :(
     
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    Me too. So sad. I feel terrible for all the owners (company and cars), I can't see how they can come back from this. I have bought supplemental insurance for my small business before when keeping a lot of inventory, and there is a good chance this isn't covered. I hope for their sake it was.
     

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