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A piece of electric car history up in flames: several Tesla Roadsters and original Tzero lost in devastating fire

Today we learned of a piece of electric car history that went up in flames last week. Those familiar with the early days of Tesla know that AC Propulsion’s Tzero is an important vehicle. It was a small all-electric sports car using lead-acid batteries that Tesla helped convert to li-ion cells and used the vehicle […]

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Tesla Model S caught fire in Yorkshire, Tesla says cause is due to a crash 2 months before the fire

Tesla has been under scrutiny before over several instances of vehicles catching on fire. The media made a big deal out of it despite the fact that almost every instance happened after a high-speed accident. Statistics showed that Tesla’s vehicles caught fire significantly less often than the national average and NHTSA eventually conducted an investigation and found no […]

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When electric vehicles crash, what happens to the battery?

Safety, range and costs: these are the three big premises of electromobility. Safety definitely comes first. Lithium-based traction batteries are usually completely enclosed in the battery case and integrated in the vehicle to protect the battery from all conceivable stresses and external influences. This “armour” has an effect on construction, weight, size and overall design […]

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Tesla Under Fire After Explosive Crash

Tesla has come under fire in the wake of an explosive crash in Indianapolis involving a Model S battery-electric vehicle that took the life of a young woman and her boss. The automaker had previously taken steps to prevent the lithium-ion batteries used in its vehicles from inadvertently catching fire, but the crash raises questions […]

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Electric cars pose new challenges to firefighters

Hybrid and all-electric vehicles are increasingly commonplace in Santa Clara County, with a Tesla car, a Nissan Leaf or a Toyota Prius around every corner. And with the pervasiveness, emergency responders now have to size up a new possibility: what if one of them catches fire? Last Friday, Mountain View fire crews had to tackle […]

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Tesla Battery Explodes in a Giant Fireball After Fatal Crash

A Tesla Model S burst into flames on Thursday night after crashing into a tree. The impact caused the electric vehicle’s high-voltage lithium-ion batteries to catch fire and burn at such high temperatures that Indianapolis firefighters and other first responders struggled to help the car’s two occupants. It’s not yet clear what caused the crash. […]

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Tesla Model S catches on fire during a test drive in France

As part of its ‘Electric Road Trip’ tour for the summer, Tesla stopped in Biarritz, France to promote Model S and Model X over the weekend. During a test drive in a Model S 90D, the vehicle suddenly made a loud noise and sent a visual alert on the dashboard stating that there was a problem with […]

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It’s going to take a while for Tesla to catch up with gas-powered cars when it comes to fires

A Tesla Model S reportedly caught fire during a test drive in France this past weekend. Teslas have caught fire before, and it’s important to remember that we don’t yet know much about this incident. If Tesla can recover software logs from the vehicle, we might find out. But the car was, by accounts received this far, totally […]

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BMW i3 police car caught on fire in Rome

As we discussed before, electric car fires are fairly rare and nothing points to them being more frequent than in gas-powered vehicles, but this instance is particularly unusual because it actually occurred in a BMW i3 owned and operated by the Italian state police in Rome. BMW has been successful in marketing its electric vehicles with […]

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Tesla will update the Model S software for safer charging following a Supercharger fire

Currently, a Model S has a 1 in 2.5 million chance of burning down while charging at a Tesla Supercharger but that’s really not something Tesla owners need to worry about. This statistic is simply based on the fact that Superchargers have been used 2.5 million times with only one report of a fire earlier this […]

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Tesla Model S catches fire at supercharger station in Norway

Reports out of Norway are indicating a 2014 Tesla Model S caught fire while charging up at a supercharger station. An NRK report said (via Google Translate) that no one was in the car when it caught fire, and that the fire occurred sometime after the owner of the car set the car up for charging and left. The police […]

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Tesla to retrofit 16,000 cars to reduce the risk of a fire in a crash

Tesla Motors Inc. has announced plans to reinforce the undercarriage of about 16,000 cars with high-strength shields to reduce the risk of damage from a crash starting a fire. Elon Musk, the electric car company’s chief executive, outlined the retrofit Friday morning, at the same time the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it has […]

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Tesla Tweaks Model S Wirelessly as Feds Investigate Battery Fires

TESLA MOTORS, RESPONDING to a federal investigation of two recent Model S fires, is pushing a wireless update that will automatically raise the car’s ride height at highway speeds, a measure CEO Elon Musk insists is “about reducing the chances of underbody impact damage, not improving safety.” The move, announced today in a blog post by Musk, […]

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Tesla Fires Raise Doubts About Seemingly Untouchable Company

The headline-grabbing electric car company Tesla suffered another blow to its image this week when one of its Model S cars caught fire, the third in six weeks to do so. In all cases, drivers walked away from the battery-powered cars uninjured. But for a company that touts the best safety rating in the auto industry and […]

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What the Tesla Battery Fire Means for Electric Vehicles

A Tesla Model S caught fire. What happened brings both good news and bad news for electric vehicles. This week a Tesla Motors Model S electric vehicle caught on fire after the driver ran over a chunk of metal in the road, an incident that’s been reported all over the place now. And this is […]

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Expert Says Lithium-Ion Battery Technology Fails to Meet Expectations; Li-Ion Needs to be Safer

This is sure to be controversial, so we’ll premise this post with this: InsideEVs does not necessarily endorse or support the views presented by “the experts” at a forum organized by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). “The experts,” which here refers to Yet-Ming Chiang, a professor of materials science and engineering at the […]

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Mitsubishi Extends Production Halt on Outlander PHEV as Perplexing Battery Investigation Continues

Mitsubishi will extend its production halt and stop sale of its Outlander PHEV until it fully determines the cause of an overheating lithium-ion battery event that occurred in one of the PHEV Outlanders back on March 21 and a few other similar incidents involving battery pack issues in the plug-in crossover. The automaker promptly stopped production and […]

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