Rear-ended Tesla Proves Tough; A Fourth One Catches Fire

Question: What happens when a Tesla Model S gets rear ended?

Answer: It might do more damage to the car that hits it than it receives.

This Q&A is not ours, but rather these are suggested by the re-tweets of Tesla CEO Elon Musk of a fender bender last night that did not result in fire, as was the case of a car a couple weeks ago in Toronto.

This Model S was struck from behind by another car.  Source: Twitter.

This Model S was struck from behind by another car. Source: Twitter.

The smashed-into Model S is fine, but on Feb. 1 a Model S in Toronto that was reportedly not plugged in caught fire and the news is now being told by various outlets, including Business Insider which noted fires are a “touchy subject.”

This car got the worst of it colliding into the Model S.

This car got the worst of it colliding into the Model S.

This latest fire reportedly happened when the owner parked the car in his garage, then moments later heard his fire detector go off.

Business Insider received the following e-mail from Tesla:

Dealing with occasional fires is something that every car company has to do, as no vehicle is completely fireproof under all circumstances. What matters is the number of such incidents per car, and it is worth noting that gasoline car companies experience an average of five to ten times more fires per car than Tesla. Also extremely important is the fact that there has never been a serious injury or death in a Model S as a result of a fire or any other cause. The Model S continues to have the best safety track record of any vehicle in the world. In this particular case, 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.

 

Meanwhile, there’s been no conclusion from the federal investgation into other Tesla fires last year in which the Model S battery is suspected to have ignited.

So far no one has been burned in a Tesla, or known to have been killed in any incident.

And, if you look at the photos of the car that ruined its front clip striking the robust rear end of the Model S, and the relatively intact Model S, you will see the cars truly are built tough.