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Fire at Gruber?

bonnie

I play a nice person on twitter.
Feb 6, 2011
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Columbia River Gorge
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?
 

ecarfan

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Sep 21, 2013
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West Vancouver, British Columbia
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.
 

DeedWest

2008 VP & 2011 2.5 Sport
Feb 5, 2014
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Dallas, TX
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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bonnie

I play a nice person on twitter.
Feb 6, 2011
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Columbia River Gorge
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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dpeilow

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May 23, 2008
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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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bonnie

I play a nice person on twitter.
Feb 6, 2011
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Columbia River Gorge
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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stopcrazypp

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Dec 8, 2007
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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.
 
May 27, 2015
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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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