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.

The brand-new Tesla Model S, the world’s first fully electric sedan, is a revolutionary creation in the world of automotive engineering. Fusing enhanced performance, maximum safety, and peak efficiency, it has changed the world’s perception of a golden standard for the vehicle of the 21st century with the highest obtainable safety ratings, the longest range of any electric car, and over-the-air software updates that is incessantly making it better.

Tesla Architecture

Created on the cutting-edge platform of Tesla, the battery’s location on the floor allows the Tesla Model S to have an extremely low center of gravity, significantly reducing the possibility of rollover while strengthening handling and performance at the same time. Without an engine, the all-new Tesla Model S has a crumple zone that is greater than any other performance sedan to absorb the energy of a front end impact.

Safety

Tesla Model S is one of the most secured vehicles on the road. Much of its security is owed to the fact that a distinct electric drivetrain sits underneath the car. Model S has a low center of gravity that lessens the risk of rollovers. Model S’s safety record is attested to by its NHTSA and Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating along with establishing a record of the least likelihood of accident to occupants when tried in the United States.

With standard active safety features including self-activating emergency brake, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, collision warning, autosteer, autopark, summon, traffic-aware cruise control, and other optional convenient features, Tesla Model S is still the safest vehicle on the road.

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