A new version of the Model S suddenly caught fire when a person was inside. He was not hurt.
The incident took place in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Tesla Model S Plaid caught fire on Tuesday night: due to an electronics failure, the driver was briefly trapped inside.
The owner's lawyer said the car “spontaneously ignited”. “We represent a customer who bought a new Tesla Model S Plaid, which was one of the first 250 shipped. On Tuesday, the car spontaneously caught fire. Our client was trapped and could die. We tried to contact Tesla, but so far they ignore us,”said the lawyer of the victim. It is too early to draw conclusions about the reasons for what happened, an investigation is underway.
Presumably, the head of Tesla, Elon Musk, does not consider such cases, which have occurred before, as something out of the ordinary. “More than a million internal combustion engines (right in the name!) In cars catch fire every year, thousands of deaths, but one non-injury Tesla car fire is making headlines. Why double standards? This is the real question,”he wrote on his Twitter in 2019.
The described case attracted attention also because it happened with the newest Tesla Model S Plaid, which is positioned as the fastest electric car in the lineup.
The presentation of the novelty was held this year. The car can accelerate to 100 kilometers per hour in just over two seconds. The maximum speed is 320 kilometers per hour. One charge is enough to travel approximately 630 kilometers, and the car can be recharged in 15 minutes.
The Model S Plaid has received an updated interior. The salon was equipped with two touch screens, with which you can control the systems of the electric vehicle. For a novelty, they ask for 130 thousand dollars (approximately 9, 3 million rubles).
The autopilot sometimes becomes the cause of scandals and litigation with Tesla cars. A recent case in the US showed Tesla's inability to control the driver.
In theory, electronics monitors the presence of the driver behind the wheel and the car does not start without being convinced of his presence. The problem is that some are trying to trick the computer, and Tesla is not designed for fully autonomous driving.
At the same time, the latest data suggests that the autopilot makes the movement safer, although sometimes it makes its own mistakes.