Earlier this month, a Tesla parked in a Toronto garage caught fire. This does not seem to be charger related, as the Model S was not plugged in to a charger at the time. While Tesla fires have been in the news lately, this one was unique in that there was no collision involved.
Tesla said it has definitively determined that the Toronto fire did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, noting that these components were untouched by the fire.
Is the owner a smoker?
Indeed, an oily rag and a match will burn a battery car just as well as a dead-dino burner.
And to make matters worse, sometimes you don't even need a match. [youtube.com]
...and, no, I wasn't going for funny, though I am a bit chuffed I got my first FP.
What I mean is that a smoldering cigarette would seem to be a reasonable suspicion in this particular car fire, as in any other, once you've ruled out the energy-dense systems.
The first article linked in the summary shows a few pictures from the garage. It looks to me like the fire was at the front of the vehicle, well away from the passenger compartment, which appeared untouched. The fire patterning above the front of the car supports the idea that the fuel first ignited was at the front of the vehicle and that there was limited spread from that point. I can't tell what the ignition source might have been.
(I've had fire investigator training to NFPA standards, although my actual experience is pretty limited... and those photos are pretty limited. Who knows, maybe it wasn't the car that started the fire?)
Yeah, look at the first photo... all the responders are looking at something towards the front of the vehicle. They're not interested in the rest of the car at all.
Maybe the fire was *in front of the car*, which is to say, *in the garage in front of the car*. I still haven't seen any picture that show the car had any fire damage at all. Some pictures of a burnt out front end were actually from the car that struck the trailer hitch.
If you look at stories with recent updates, they all say that the Tesla was probably not the cause of the fire at all, so here's a revised headline:"Tesla Model S caught in garage fire"
And the garage just happened to contain a Tesla when the fire occurred?
Wondered about Tesla and Boeing Dreamliner. Does the Tesla use composite components? Does anyone know if driving these composites through the earth's magnetic sphere could induce currents that cause shorting? I find it strange that we've had these phantom fires in the cars/planes with batteries. Most planes are an aluminum faraday cage, so this should not happen. But the Dreamliner is different. I read that Tesla uses composite panels, but I would think the aluminum chassis would prevent something like this, unless there's not enough chassis to prevent such currents from occurring.
Can't say anything about moving composites generating currents, but if that were the cause, wouldn't the fires be correlated with travel? The Tesla was in a garage, and (if I remember correctly), 3 out of the 4 Dreamliner fires were while the planes were on the ground. Doesn't this suggest some other cause?
I remember reading somewhere the Dreamliner fires were the result of overcharging. A poorly designed or missing charging regulator can cause this. The Tesla EV's use Lithium batteries, These are sensitive to overcharging and can and have caused fires. Otherwise Lithium metal (Used in the battery) can react energetically with water. So probably a moisture issue, or a problem with the charging system implemented.
Is this up for vote?
If so, I vote for jealous girlfriend/neighbor.
Based on prior history from the company, if there was a fault in the Tesla electrical systems they would call a mandatory recall to settle it or an over-the-air update to mitigate it.
The battery is the underside of the car, somewhere between 5 to 10 cm thick. Placing the battery pack under the body will allow you (some time in the future) to drive to a battery swap station, and in 5 to 10 minutes, the entire battery pack for another one with a full charge.
Petty much all of the Tesla fires are either the result of a puncture to the battery pack (large, metal road debris or various types of collisions) or related to the charger. The fires burned in a controlled manner and put out by untrained firemen not prepped to combat a lithium fire in a vehicle. Most of the charging issues have not been fire related, but rather dead batteries after a night of charging, or vampire charging of unreasonable magnitudes (leading to bigger than expected electric bills). The charging issues have been address so far with software updates, and in a few cases new hardware.
When it comes to construction, the body and the side panels are all aluminum, joined by rivets, spot welding, MIG welding, and ridiculous amounts of adhesive. These things are build like aluminum tanks. I don't recall seeing any significant amount of composites on the body.
A car caught fire. It was a tesla. This isn't news.
Hey, at least this is different from the usual Ford implosion.
It depends on what caused the fire, that'll determine if it's news or not.
Unless it was a robot, I can't imagine what could make it technology news. The only way this is news is eco-econo. My hope is that neither of these topics has a place on /this/ site - unless it has a clear bearing on tech.