Battery fire a challenge for Tesla (Video)
Tesla has suffered a setback after a battery fire damaged one of the company's hot new electric cars in Seattle this week, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.Watch the video. That car is fully engulfed, and this was after a small piece of road debris pierced the battery. Listen to the imbecile talk about "a lot of cars catch on fire after being hit". Um, no, dolt, they don't. Cars very rarely burst into fire from collisions - most of the time, when you see a car fire, it's because of a mechanical malfunction. In this case, though, it was a light collision, something that - in a regular car - might have dented something or possible pierced the oil pan, resulting in catastrophic engine failure if not caught immediately. But no fire.
Elon Musk's Palo Alto-based company, which recently opened a service center in Rocklin, saw its stock price plunge after the fire. A piece of road debris pierced the lithium-ion battery, the paper reports. The driver was not injured.
That's a $100,000 car right there reduced to a smoking hulk over something it hit in the road, folks. Sure, insurance will (should? might?) cover it, but shouldn't a car that costs as much as a decent small house in certain areas of the country be a little more robust than that? I mean, sure, the Tesla is driven exclusively by people with more money than brains, but this is ridiculous.
Then again, when the battery replacement cost is $40,000 - more than a good number of new cars out there - I guess there's truth to the phrase apocryphally attributed to PT Barnum about certain birth rates...
That is all.