Tesla Model S burned to the ground after a minor accident. Firefighters could not cope with the fire for several hours. It is reported by the TV channel ABC News.
The incident took place in the state of Pennsylvania on Interstate 80. The Tesla electric car hit the bottom of a rock on the road. The battery of the electric car was damaged by the impact and began to smoke almost immediately.
The driver and passengers managed to stop the car and quickly got out of it. Shortly afterward, the Tesla electric car burst into flames.
Firefighters quickly arrived at the scene of the accident, but it was not so easy to cope with the strong fire – they had to call for help. A total of five fire trucks were involved in eliminating the fire.
The Tesla Model S was extinguished for many hours. The electric car was filled with 45 tons of water, while the average gasoline cars need less than 2 tons to extinguish. All that was left of the car was a burnt-out wreck – it was sent for recycling.
Electric car fires are very complicated because lithium-ion batteries are prone to combustion and very difficult to extinguish. Not only that, there have been recorded cases of batteries of crashed Tesla’s igniting a few weeks after an accident.