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Tesla to investigate Model S fire at Supercharger station

by Brandon Russell | March 9, 2017March 9, 2017 8:00 am PDT

Tesla confirmed it will launch a full investigation into a incident that saw a Model S P85 catch fire at a Supercharger station in Shanghai, China.

Electrek reports the vehicle wasn’t hooked up when it caught fire, though damage was done to the Supercharger station and a vehicle nearby. The incident follows a series of Model S fires, including one in Norway last year while the car was charging.

It’s unclear where the fire originated; i.e., if it was from an electrical malfunction or another factor inside of the vehicle’s cabin. Electrek says the incident is one of only a few known fires that occurred while the Model S wasn’t charging.

The publication does note, however, that Model S fires aren’t particularly unusual. The same model caught fire during a test drive last year, while Electrek also notes a an incident that saw a Model S that catch fire following an accident in Indianapolis.

Nobody was hurt

“We’re undergoing a full investigation and we’ll share our findings as soon as possible,” a Tesla spokesperson told Electrek.

As you can see in the Tweet below, the aftermath of the fire isn’t pretty. We’ll follow-up on this story if Tesla reports any unusual findings.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...