Tesla Model S Burns To The Ground At Norway Supercharger

Photo Credit: Fædrelandsvennen
Photo Credit: Fædrelandsvennen /

A Tesla Model S hooked up to a Supercharger in Norway suddenly caught fire and burnt to a fiery crisp while the owner was away. 

This is probably not the way Elon Musk planned to start his New Years morning but it looks like he’ll have his hands full with dealing with the latest fire scandal to hit the all-electric car maker. Earlier Friday morning according to Fædrelandsvennen a Tesla Model S burst into flames while charging at a supercharger station. Fortunately, the owner was nowhere near his car when the fire caught.

Per instructions from Tesla and due to the nature of these electrical fires, no amount of regular water could be used by the local fire department, so the Tesla had to burn to a fiery crisp without any intervention from local firefighters. According to the original report, “Only way to extinguish the fire in electric cars is by using water with a copper material. It is too costly for the Norwegian fire departments have started using it.”. Check out some of the photos of the aftermath on the official news report here.

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A separate discussion on Reddit that popped up shortly after does shed some light on the unfortunate issue. For one, Norway’s charging infrastructure has struggled with cold weather charging in the past rendering some Teslas useless when they can’t accept a charge.

The Supercharger in question, although a Tesla branded one, was just a temporary one so there may have been some issues in quality assurance there.

This isn’t definitely the first time a Tesla Model S has been in the news for catching fire. One caught fire shortly after a collision in Washington just two years ago. Another Tesla Model S caught fire in a garage in Toronto.

We’ll be curious to see how the markets react to this latest news of Teslas catching fire. Statistically electric cars are still safer to charge and refuel with a different type of medium when compared to their gas counterparts. But we all know which gets more media attention when an occurrence does happen.