October 28, 2013
Another Tesla on fire after a crash.
While searching Latin American press looking for news about Venezuela's sponsorship scandal we came across this report of a Tesla model S doing a fair imitation of an Italian super car.
The accident happened ten days ago in Mexico. Reports say the speeding driver, who adding to the super car mystique disappeared from the scene, jumped a curb and flew into a low wall, the crash setting the car on fire.
Jalopnik had just confirmed the US government has declined to investigate a recent case of a Model S igniting after a crash in Seattle at the beginning of October. The logic being, cars catch on fire all the time, move along, nothing to see...
As these things are becoming more and more prevalent, what is the correct way to put out an electric car fire anyway?..
UPDATE: More people pay attention to Axis than we imagined, by the end of the day Monday Tesla stock fell as this story was picked up by the financial press, Bloomberg, Yahoo, USA today, the Associated Press as well as Jalopnik, Autoblog and countless other car web sites.
Tesla Motors issued the following statement:
“We were able to contact the driver quickly and are pleased that he is safe. This was a significant accident where the car was traveling at such a high speed that it smashed through a concrete wall and then hit a large tree, yet the driver walked away from the car with no permanent injury. He is appreciative of the safety and performance of the car and has asked if we can expedite delivery of his next Model S.”