California fire might be due to overheated charging system in Tesla Model S

Article by Anita Panait, on December 20, 2013

A November 15, 2013, garage fire in South California may have been due to an overheated charging system in a Tesla Model S, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The Orange County fire department said the Tesla-supplied charging system or the connection at the electricity panel on the wall on the garage may have caused the fire.

"The fire occurred as a result of an electrical failure in the charging system for an electric vehicle," said a report by the fire authority, a copy of which Reuters managed to obtain.

While the report emphasized that the cause of the fire is unclear, it said that the most probable cause is a high resistance connection at the wall socket or the Universal Mobile Connector from the Tesla charging system" plugged into a 240-volt wall socket.

Tesla Motors Inc. still contends that the fire was not related to the Tesla S or its charging system. The garage fire is not related to three road fires in Model S sedans in October and November in Washington state, Tennessee and Mexico.

In the US incidents, Model S sedans caught fire after running over road debris. In Mexico, the car caught fire after hitting a concrete wall. The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing the cause of the road fires, which caused Tesla’s shares to drop from a high of $194.50 in late September to under $120 in late November.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Barely a month before its official debut, Hyundai gave everyone a taste of what’s to come with the 2017 Hyundai i30 Wagon. Despite what little was shown, it did not...
by - February 22, 2017
One of the main features that have appealed to Cadillac’s customers is its Cadillac User Experience system or CUE. This is once again expected to change as the brand recently...
by - February 22, 2017
Ever since the Regera premiered in 2016, Koenigsegg has been firm about increasing its coverage around the globe. Part of the idea was to ask its employees in Angelholm to...
by - February 21, 2017
There is no harm in admitting that both the conventional and the hybrid versions of the Lexus LC 500 are real stunners when it comes to its exterior styling. Even...
by - February 21, 2017
Jaguar is placing three new Ingenium engines on the F-Pace crossover, XF saloon and XE sedan for the 2018 model year. According to Jaguar’s recent announcement, the updates will also...
by - February 21, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries