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Response to whatthehey (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 4, 2016, 05:37 PM

6. How do their ages compare?

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The average car on the road today is 11½ years old. Clearly the average Tesla is younger than that.


Electrical system failures are the second most common cause of vehicle fires. …

Electrical failures are typically more common in older cars. As cars age, contacts loosen, wear and break. As the age of the Tesla fleet increases, and they experience normal wear and tear, we can expect a higher rate of electrical fires.

[font face=Serif][font size=5]Tesla Model S catches on fire during a test drive in France[/font]

Fred Lambert - 3 months ago


[font size=3]As part of its ‘Electric Road Trip’ tour for the summer, Tesla stopped in Biarritz, France to promote Model S and Model X over the weekend.

During a test drive in a Model S 90D, the vehicle suddenly made a loud noise and sent a visual alert on the dashboard stating that there was a problem with “charging”. The Tesla employee giving the test drive made the driver park the car on the side of the road and all three (the driver, the Tesla employee and another passenger) exited the vehicle.

The Tesla Model S caught on fire only a moment later (pictured above), according to witnesses.

Firefighters arrived quickly on the scene to control the fire, but the vehicle was completely destroyed. The result was reportedly similar to the remains of the Model S that caught fire while Supercharging in Norway earlier this year.


What caused the fire? A loose connection.

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Tesla says that the Model S used for the test drive, a 2016 Model S 90D, had “bolted electrical connection” that were manually tightened by a human instead of by robots. The company points to one of those “bolted electrical connections” as being “improperly tightened” which caused the fire.


Will robot tightened connections never loosen? Will Teslas always be serviced by robots?

I suspect that in the long run, electric cars will be prove to be somewhat safer than conventional automobiles, but… it’s too soon to draw that conclusion.

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