By CCN: The toughest thing about being a circus huckster is when your snake oil explodes on your face. Such is the case with P.T. Barnum of our time, Elon Musk. He never said owning a Tesla would come up with an occasional side effect of blasting in flames without warning.
That was the case of an event in Shanghai in April, where this security camera captured a model S apparently in an act of spontaneous combustion:
The vehicle was parked for about half an hour before moving a "Game of Thrones" dracaryus moving on its owner. The upside is that the owner was not burnt to a crisp.
If you subscribe to the idea that once is a coincidence and twice is a pattern, Tesla cars have a pattern to spit hellfire in all directions. On May 12, a Tesla car broke into a parking lot in Hong Kong, according to Hong Kong Economic Times.
If you subscribe to the idea that twice is a pattern, but 15 times, it is a great design error that needs to be dealt with as Elon Musk has a real problem with their Tesla cars.
Exploding Tesla Highlights
Of the 15, there were some specific highlights.
On October 1, 2013, a Tesla car in Seattle crashed into some road-protected debris and the car set fire.
In November 2013, a model S ran over a tow bridge and suggested a fire.
Canada is not immune to the problem. In February 2014, a Tesla S impression of a dragon by burning on fire in Toronto.
The fire problems then moved to Europe in 2016, with a Tesla as a fire with no apparent reason in France. Even worse for Elon Musk, this was during a campaign where the electric car manufacturer invited motorists to take the car for a test spin.
Shanghai's garage explosion was not the first event in the Chinese city. While a driver broke up on a Supercharger station, another Tesla Model S became the boom.
This is an additional problem for Tesla fires. They are not common fires. They can take a long time to put out because of a chain reaction that occurs inside lithium ion batteries, known as "thermal runaway".
Tesca fires are not common fires
Common fire extinguishers do not work in these cases, and Nor does it make water. In fact, in the case of a Florida Tesla fire, firefighters burned out flames with water just for Tesla to reign twice.
Water works on such fires, in the end. The problem is that it takes thousands of liters to kill the fire completely. The other option is to just let it burn to ashes.
In fact, Tesla's emergency guide literally says:
"Fire can take up to 24 hours to extinguish. Consider letting the battery burn while protecting exposures."
There is little consolation for first-timers.
Our blog addresses the Model S fire earlier this week: http://t.co/9BHm9D7a5x
– Tesla October 4, 2013
Fires are not the only thing that dogs Elon Musk and Tesla.
Elon Musk Faces More Than Just Fires
Tesla Autopilot is factoring for deadly crashes. NHTSB published a preliminary report on a March 1 crash where the autopilot was engaged 10 seconds before a deadly crash.
The report states that neither the driver nor the autopilot saw a trailer cross in front of Tesla. The autopilot kept driving, which resulted in crashes.
We like to kick Elon Musk, but the facts are facts. Tesla vehicles experience a ridiculous number of problems.
Other manufacturers are not concerned that customers should have fire-retardant underwear if the car is to be inflated without notice.
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