Tesla Model S Burns To A Crisp During Test Drive In France


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A Tesla Model S burst into flames and burned to crisp within minutes Monday while on a test drive in France, according to French media.

A couple and a Tesla representative were test-driving the vehicle as part of an event hosted in France touting zero emission vehicles. The Model S sedan was cruising down a highway in the southwest of France when the incident happened.

The driver told reporters that the car’s warning system started blaring after they lightly pressed on the accelerator, prompting the Tesla Motors representative to request the driver pull over to the side of the road.

The group saw white smoke billowing from the vehicle after stopping, forcing the trio to jump out of the car. The driver, identified as Nicolas, said the car was canvased in flames in less than a minute and was completely in embers within five minutes. Nobody was injured.

Tesla is still investigating the incident.

A video of the fireball was posted to Twitter

The incident comes after a slew of wrecks involving Tesla vehicles raised concerns that the company’s vehicles are not as safe as advertised.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now investigating Tesla and the company’s autopilot technology after it was reported a crash in early May killed a driver while the feature was being employed.

And in another incident, a Detroit man said his Model X was in autopilot mode when it crashed and rolled over on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in early July.

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