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posted by Cactus on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:05AM   Printer-friendly
from the plays-with-fire dept.
danomac writes:

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.

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  • (Score: 1) by lubricus on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:17AM

    by lubricus (232) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:17AM (#1478)

    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?

    ... sorry about the typos
  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by tastech on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:25AM

    by tastech (251) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:25AM (#1535)

    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.

    • (Score: 1) by mmcmonster on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:42AM

      by mmcmonster (401) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:42AM (#1542)

      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.