A video showing a Tesla Model S electric car burning on a highway near Chicago surfaced the internet yesterday, causing the company’s stock value to drop by 6.2 percent at $180.95.
Photo: screenshot from Youtube
Little is known about what actually triggered the crash, but a statement from Tesla says the four-door sedan “collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle.” Fortunately, the driver was instructed to pull over and get out of the cabin by the car’s alert system and managed to do so without being injured.
“Subsequently, a fire caused by the substantial damage sustained during the collision was contained to the front of the vehicle thanks to the design and construction of the vehicle and battery pack. All indications are that the fire never entered the interior cabin of the car. It was extinguished on-site by the fire department,” said Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean, director of global communications at Tesla.
We’ll get back on this as soon as we find out more about it. Meanwhile, scroll below to have a look at the burning Tesla Model S.
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