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Tesla goes up in flames!

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Frank88, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. darrelld

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  2. alcibiades

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    Clearly Mary McCormack is a TSLA short.

    (Am I doing it right?)
     
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  3. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN 65513, Model 3: VIN 1913

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    Can’t say I was not bothered by the non-traumatic battery fire. Let’s hope Tesla investigates thoroughly and does the right thing after, as appropriate.
     
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    #45 Barklikeadog, Jun 17, 2018
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    Why is the Tesla response always to point fingers at others or the driver? Drives me nuts. Driver gets in AP crash and tesla regurgitates safety numbers and then puts the driver on blast. Stop doing that!
     
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  6. RDoc

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    What does this have to do with this case? AFAIK Tesla has said they are concerned and are investigating.
     
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    Perhaps he had an early version of the SpaceX option package.
     
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  8. darrelld

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    Earlier this year a 9000 gallon gasoline transport tanker exploded when the truck brakes over heated and melted the roadway.

    [​IMG]

    All lanes of I-15 reopen after massive tanker fire

    Local news only and no oil company stocks were affected.

    A similar tanker exploded 2 weeks ago on I75 close to my daughters workplace and they thought a bomb had gone off nearby. Never made the national news.
     
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  9. Beckler

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    :D Exactly what I was about to post. Either way this is a great preview of a Roaster 2 just after landing...

    Edit: was going to fix that typo^ but it's perfect actually.
     
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  10. Barklikeadog

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    Yes... Investigating the incident and insists that their cars are less likely to catch fire than ice vehicles. Im sure that will make the S owners in this case feel so much better.
     
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  11. TaoJones

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    Some years ago, a friend and I were standing under and adjacent to the 5 freeway near the San Diego airport. We heard brakes, tires screeching, a whoosh, and a very loud earth-shaking boom.

    That was the tanker hauling gasoline that was now engulfed in flames. Didn’t make the national news either, afaik.

    And here we have a case of seemingly spontaneous combustion. I can think of no other cases without a catalyst, the closest being that one car that was attached to an SC that burned to the frame (the cause of which having been traced to a poorly-torqued connection).

    How Tesla manages their messaging is of great interest. There is an opportunity for improvement in that regard, and no excuse to not take advantage of that opportunity.
     
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    I wonder why the car didn't alert the driver there was a fire. Was it because it was contained to the battery?
     
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    Why does the fire out the left side of the car look like it's shooting sideways under pressure, almost similar to an ICE car where the fuel rails have been damaged in an accident and keep delivering gas with the ignition on. Is it the coolant?
     
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    Yeah, the fire is going back and to the left. Back and to the left.
     
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    The model 3 pack has fire vents to release the pressure during a battery fire. Maybe the S has them near this location. Just a theory.
     
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  16. Krugerrand

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    Yes, all Tesla vehicles have a venting system such that if batteries catch on fire they are vented away from the passenger cabin.
     
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    #57 S4WRXTTCS, Jun 17, 2018
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    Where are you getting that from? I don't see any official statement from Tesla on this incident aside from "We offer our support to local authorities and are investigating the incident. We’re glad our customer is safe" or "Tesla called the incident an "extraordinary unusual occurrence." The company is investigating."

    Now the Electrek.co article does reiterate the "less likely" stuff, but I'm not aware of Tesla saying that.

    The longest response I've seen from Tesla says "This is an extraordinarily unusual occurrence, and we are investigating the incident to find out what happened," a Tesla spokesperson told ET in a statement on Sunday. "Our initial investigation shows that the cabin of the vehicle was totally unaffected by the fire due to our battery architecture, which is designed to protect the cabin in the very rare event that a battery fire occurs. While our customer had time to safely exit the car, we are working to understand the cause of the fire. We’re glad our customer is safe."

    That one was here

    Tesla Responds to 'Extraordinarily Unusual' Video Of Their Car Seemingly Catching Fire

    I'm sure you can cite a source of Tesla responding in the way you say they did to this incident as you wouldn't simply make that up. Obviously you know that's a Trump move, and wouldn't pull it yourself.

    As soon as I see that citation then I'll be on your side as I would find that response troubling.
     
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  18. darrelld

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    174,000 vehicle fires a year, 445 deaths, and 1,550 injuries according to NFPA. Why does this vehicle fire make national news out of thousands occurring every year with hundreds of deaths?

    NFPA statistics - Highway vehicle fires by year
     
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  19. Barklikeadog

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    'A Tesla spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the company is investigating the incident, and insists that the company's cars are far less likely to catch fire than gas vehicles.'
     
  20. E-Ryc

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    #60 E-Ryc, Jun 18, 2018
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    Quite interesting like lots of people are trying to find some excuse not to inform about such incidents because ... <whatever> (happens for ICEs as well, doesn't happen too often,...).
    With Tesla's known unwillingness to confirm problems before they are pushed thru media and publicized (i.e. M3 braking distance) I (as MS owner) fully support any push making them investigating (and fixing if needed) instead of just saying "it's too rare", "user's fault", "works for us perfectly"... or similar BS (we, as sw developers like to say to QA :) when they find some issue).
    And we all are doing QA job for Tesla as they obviously can't afford their own (various regressions from version to version, i.e steering wheel heating stopped working in 2018.18 - something even basic regression testing must catch)... :(
     
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