Another Tesla fire, and another large hit that my Tesla stock took today! Yup, another Tesla Model S involved in a traffic crash caught fire near Smyrna, Tenn., on Wednesday after an apparent strike by road debris — the third such report in six weeks. As with the previous two cases, the news sparked a reaction from investors, who sent Tesla shares plunging, and Tesla itself, which said no one was injured and that it was investigating the cause.
Here is a great article from http://jalopnik.com. Your Guide To The Tesla Model S Fire (And Why It’s Not A Big Deal) Has a bunch of great info and also has a great section on difference between a lithium-ion battery fire and a gasoline engine fire.
Here’s some food for thought on all this electric car fire news. I found this little paragraph over at the Tri-cityherald.com
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are around 194,000 vehicle fires on U.S. roads each year. The vast majority — 61 percent — start in the engine area, while 15 percent start in the passenger area. Approximately 300 people die and 1,250 are injured in U.S. vehicle fires each year. Most happen in gas-powered cars, which make up the vast majority of cars on U.S. roads. Electric vehicles make up less than 1 percent of the cars sold in the U.S.