Originally Posted by jb007
Looks like this thread, sadly, may be drying up. Off topic, I went to test drive the Tesla S and I was really impressed. Anybody here have one? I would love to hear your thoughts and experience, good and bad.
The one issue that disturbs me about the Teslas is the relatively large number of unexplained fires that have destroyed vehicles. You can use Google to read up on them.. There have been five in the last five months and given that Tesla is still new with relatively few on the road that is definitely a source of concern. From a typical article on the subject published last week::
"With shares of Tesla hitting an all-time high and the company approaching several milestones, another fire involving the Model S is coming to light.
The fire, during which nobody was hurt, happened Feb. 1 in Toronto, Canada, Toronto Fire Services confirmed. TFS said the origin of the fire was in the engine area, but the actual source of the fire is unclear.
Tesla confirmed the fire while downplaying the incident. Spokeswoman Liz Jarvis-Shean said in a statement, "We don't yet know the precise cause, but have definitively determined that it did not originate in the battery, the charging system, the adapter or the electrical receptacle, as these components were untouched by the fire."
The fire in Canada is the fifth blaze involving a Model S in the last five months. Two of the fires occurred after owners of the cars drove over debris in the road, which punctured the battery compartment of the electric car.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating the safety of the Model S battery system. There is no indication when that investigation may be completed. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said he believes the NHTSA probe will end without a recall of the Model S.
In a statement responding the most recent fire, the NHTSA said it is aware of the incident, but "since the incident occurred outside the territorial boundaries of the United States the agency will be in contact with the manufacturer and others to gather the facts and take whatever action is warranted by the circumstances."
Perhaps my fears on the subject are an overreaction but then again after having spent $13,000 on a brand new television technology I might be a little gun shy....