Last night, a brand new Tesla Model S Plaid caught on fire in a Philadelphia suburb, and eyewitnesses are reporting some emergency situations.
Last night, at 9 p.m., a fire was reported in Haverford, Pennsylvania.
The Gladwyne Fire Department, which assisted in putting out the fire, issued a report on the incident:
“Gladwyne Firefighters responding to the 100 block of Rose Lane last night just before 9 pm to assist Station 25 (Merion Fire Company of Ardmore) with a vehicle fire. While en route to the call Chief 25 was advised that the reports were that a Tesla was on fire and it was well involved in fire. Engine 24 with a crew of 7 arrived on scene simultaneously with Engine 25. Due to prior training classes on Tesla Vehicle Fire emergencies, Engine 24 laid a 5 inch supply line into the scene so that we could keep a continual water stream on the fire to extinguish the fire and cool the batteries down to ensure complete extinguishment. Engine 24 and Engine 25 both deployed hand lines to extinguish the fire, each maintained a dedicated water source and continued to cool the vehicle down for almost 90 minutes.”
They released numerous photos of the incident and its aftermath, in which the Tesla vehicle was reduced to a heap of metal.
This is a Model S Plaid, based on the front end and wheels in the last photo.
The new Model S Plaid has just been on the market for a few weeks, indicating that it is a fresh new vehicle.
It’s unusual for automobiles, electric or otherwise, to catch fire following a high-speed collision, but what happened, in this case, is unclear.
The entire circumstances behind the vehicle’s fire are unknown, but a witness claims something unusual.
Narberth Ambulance supported the firemen on the site, and one of the EMTs commented on Reddit regarding the information provided by a witness at the incident:
“I am an EMT and last night around 9:30 we got called to do rehab for firefighters extinguishing a car fire in Lower Merion, PA. I only have the information I got from firefighters on the scene but apparently, the call came in from one of the residents of the neighborhood who saw it rolling down the road on fire before exploding in front of their house.”
The EMT even stated that the proprietor of the Tesla Model S plaid was still being sought by the authorities.
From our perspective seeing electric cars catch on fire is unusual at a higher rate than gasoline-powered vehicles, EV fires do garner more media attention.
As mentioned by the Gladwyne fire department above, battery fires present particular problems for emergency services, and modern technology attracts greater attention.
The most intriguing aspect of this instance is that the car in question looks like a brand-new Model S Plaid, fitted with a Tesla battery pack.
Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, even admitted that part of the delays in getting the new Model S plaid into production was due to ensuring the battery pack was “safe.”
However, we should wait till we get more information before making any assumptions about the reason because the facts are clearly unusual.
With the exception of “Smart Summon,” which operates at low speeds and over short distances, Tesla vehicles cannot drive themselves.
At this point, I wouldn’t rule out anything, even arson.
If further information becomes available, we will update this article.
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