Another fire involving a Tesla Model S comes just days before earnings report
Reports emerged today of another garage fire involving a Tesla Model S. This one is in Toronto and if reports prove true, neither the vehicle’s charging system, nor the home’s electrical wiring are to blame. Is that good news or bad news if you are a Tesla owner, stockholder, or fan?
According to news reports, this new fire did not occur while the Tesla Model S was charging. Imagine the relief at Tesla headquarters. Rather, the owner had just returned home from a drive and did not plug the car in. That seems odd, but we will trust the reports. After hearing smoke detectors the owner called the fire department which came and put out the fire. CNBC news quoted the Toronto Fire Services as saying the origin of the fire “was in the engine area” of the car, but that the source of the fire was unclear. Our guess is that the person who made that claim meant the front of the Tesla Model S. Not to pick nits, but the electric Model S does not have an engine, but rather and electric motor, and it is in the very rear of the vehicle, hung out over the rear axle. Our look at photos (shown here) printed by Business Insider seem to confirm the fire was in front of the vehicle, but the photos are limited, so we cannot say for sure.
Tesla spokesperson Liz Jarvis-Shean was quoted as saying “"We don't yet know the precise cause, but have definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire." As has become the norm, Tesla is immediately certain what parts of its product are not to blame, but offers no insight into what parts were. This confident response by Tesla denying any responsibility is starting to get sort of stale.