Tesla Model S car fire began in battery; stock falls after video goes online

  • Article by: MIKE BAKER , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 2, 2013 - 11:17 PM

SEATTLE — A fire that destroyed a Tesla electric car near Seattle began in the vehicle's battery pack, officials said Wednesday, creating challenges for firefighters who tried to put out the flames.

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dr4golfOct. 2, 13 7:09 PM

I saw a brand new one of these yesterday on 494. Beautiful car...nothing like it. It's like the geek grew up (speaking of the Prius). Now if they could just lower the price by $60,000!

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SCOOBYVR00MOct. 2, 13 7:21 PM

dr4golf: Saw one in a parking lot. Beautiful car. The interior is a little strange with the large center display. These Lithium Ion batteries are dangerous. Overcharge them, burst into flames, run them down to low, burst into flames, puncture them burst into flames. I've been flying RC planes for a while and these packs must be watched closely. If they puff up and go bad they are very risky.

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mjcmspOct. 2, 13 8:12 PM

Big deal. Do gas cars never start on fire? I've seen cars burning on the side of the highway before? Why didn't Ford's stock tumble?

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love101Oct. 2, 13 8:24 PM

Why is this a news story? I've been using Lithium batteries in my computers, cell phones, and camera gear for years. They're awesome. I'd rather take my chances with a burning battery than an explosive tank of gasoline any day. I've seen enough action movies to know what happens when a gasoline car crashes.... boom!!!!!

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supervon2Oct. 2, 13 8:43 PM

I see the loyal liberals are busy trying to justify failure. I hope they buy lots of stock as they will obtain their "fair share" of the results.

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brocklander1Oct. 3, 13 8:15 AM

Avoid fire risk! Drive around in gasoline powered cars!!!

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joe_mnOct. 3, 13 9:38 AM

my old company made equipment for assembling tesla batteries. overheating was issue #1.

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ruphinaOct. 3, 13 2:31 PM

Looking at Tesla'a website, the battery is way more complicated than your laptop battery. they purchase thousands of standard batteries from mfgs, package them all into cells in a box with coolant to prevent spontaneous fires and heaters to allow charging below freezing. they make a big deal about how good the protective box is, but it obviously can be breached like in this incident. I'll bet the cooling system was compromised also, causing the fire. BTW, I have seen pics of laptops that caught on fire on the lap of a person with bedding that compromised the cooling, and that is not pretty. Bill G.

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garagewineOct. 4, 13 1:58 PM

Yes, but what a beautiful and expensive fire it was.

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sooofedupOct. 4, 13 4:35 PM

"Vehicle goes off road, catches fire along Hwy. 95 in Washington Co." Is this Chevy's fault?

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