Not just every day, every three minutes!This happens every single day for even ICE cars parked. The ONLY reason this is news is because it is a Tesla. Every day do a search for car catches on fire and you can find an example.
That's right. I doesn't matter that Teslas are more likely to catch fire than Chevys either. California is more likely to catch fire than Montana. I don't own a Tesla or live in California, but for the most part I don't think anyone should be overly worried about either unless you actually smell smoke.It makes no **** difference how many fires are caused by ICE cars.
This is the typical scenario, where someone runs over debris that penetrates the shield on the battery pack. Can't imagine that one wouldn't hear the impact. If you run over something, don't go parking any EV in your garage until you're satisfied that it didn't do more damage than you think. Same goes with a gas car, you penetrate the fuel tank, don't park in your garage either. Maybe an improvement to EV's is an odorant that stinks so bad, you'll know that you've damaged the battery.I'm am totally open to hearing that in China they ran over a chunk of road debris and that is what caused the S to burn. Still makes me wonder about shielding though.
Hopefully lessons learned from the Volt have made their way over to the Bolt design.Has a Bolt ever caught on fire? I don't recall ever reading about one.
I’d be interested in how many EV fires there are as a percentage of EVs on the road, versus the same statistic for ICE vehicles.It makes no **** difference how many fires are caused by ICE cars. This is a red herring always thrown in by people who are on the defensive. Same as "but daddy, she hit me first!"
This is a new technology and we get to start over and make the world a better and safer place. Not be smug and in contempt because we are not quite as bad as the other guy. If Tesla and any other car manufacturer are trading off safety for range than this is just wrong and has nothing to do with statistics of gas powered cars.
If I'm walking down the street and there is a drive by shooting and the bullet just misses me I don't get to go home and say guns in the hands of gangsters is ok cause look, I'm still alive.
I'm am totally open to hearing that in China they ran over a chunk of road debris and that is what caused the S to burn. Still makes me wonder about shielding though.
And yes, it should make the news and be in the headlines just like the BMW's and Mini Coopers that spontaneously combusted were. Fair is fair and people need to know what they are getting into. How safe do you feel tonight parking your Tesla S in your garage with all your other toys and your loved ones sleeping feet away? How safe is the Bolt really? No one really knows but to hide behind statistics to say "not that bad really, just look at ICE cars".
Oh I almost forgot, the Boeing Max 8 crashes are not that big a deal because statiscally, airplane travel is getting safer every year. We all accept a certain amount of risk in our lives, and car driving is dangerous enough without car companies spiking the punch. Thinking Ford Pinto here. I truly, truly hope this is not the case with Tesla. Keeping an open mind.
It does make a difference, at least to the extent that it sets a bar showing how many vehicle fires the public is willing to accept as being a necessary evil in order to get the benefits of car ownership. As long as EVs don't result in any more fires (by some criteria, per vehicle or per vehicle-year or per vehicle-mile, for example, and sure to be argued over) then the EV industry can point to ICE fires as being worse.It makes no **** difference how many fires are caused by ICE cars.
Safety vs performance is always a compromise, 100% of the time, in every single design. The notion of zero compromises in safety is a fantasy, and we wouldn't want it anyhow.If Tesla and any other car manufacturer are trading off safety for range than this is just wrong and has nothing to do with statistics of gas powered cars.