In yet another unfortunate incident involving Elon Musk’s automotive and energy storage company, a Tesla Model S spontaneously burst into flames in Biarritz, France.
The combustion occurred during a test drive that was a part of the three-month long “Electric Road Trip” promotional tour “to showcase the uncompromised capabilities” of Model S and Model X.
The problem was first reported by a Redditor, who posted a photo of the vehicle on fire.
“I know the picture is low quality, but it was sent to me via Whatsapp from a witness. It just happened today, so it will come in the media in the next few hours,” wrote 3dkSdkvDskReddit, adding there were three people in the car, including one Tesla employee, when it caught fire.
“And they suddenly heared (sic) a loud noise (not an explosion). The car gave a message 'Problems with charging' (while they were driving) so they pulled over. 1 minute later the car was in fire and this picture was taken. Fire brigade arrived and no one was hurt,” the user stated.
Tesla later issued a statement: “We are working with the authorities to establish the facts of the incident and offer our full cooperation. The passengers are all unharmed. They were able to safely exit the vehicle before the incident occurred.”
The episode comes months after the first-known death caused by the self-driving car on autopilot mode in May. A few days ago, a Chinese driver whose Tesla car crashed while on autopilot mode blamed the company for misrepresenting its self-driving function.
Also, this isn’t the first time the vehicle model caught fire. Earlier in January, a Tesla Model S burned down fully during supercharging at a station in Norway.