With the Fisker offices all boarded up and awaiting a final sale to some random foreign country, who are we to turn to for high-end vehicle fires? Well, since Tesla has been everything that Fisker has not since, well, forever, who better to step into the automobile-flambé role than Fisker’s one time competitor that wasn’t really a competitor, but still was — or however the two used to spin that whole deal...
Yup, what you see in the video above is a Tesla Model S doing its best Fisker Karma impression, and we must say that it’s doing a mighty fine job indeed. Reports from Tesla claim that this Model S struck metal debris on the roadway and the debris caused damage to the battery pack. The driver continued on his merry way, despite the vehicle’s warning systems telling him to pull over and shut the vehicle off. The end result is the expensive BBQ you see above.
Mental note to all Tesla Model S owners; this is not a 2002 Cavalier where the check engine light is safe to ignore and easily blocked out by a few inches of electrical tape. This is a high-tech electric car with enough juice to make Texas’ electric chair blush in envy. When it says "pull over," you just may want to listen to it.
Fortunately, the driver wasn’t physically hurt, but we’re sure his wallet will feel the pain when it comes insurance premium time. Unfortunately for Tesla, its stock didn’t take too kindly to the flaming Model S, as it dropped 6 percent on Wednesday and continued to fall as of noon on Thursday. It is on a slight upswing for now, but this just goes to show just how badly one driver’s negligence can harshly impact a company.
We’ll keep you updated.
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Gallery Tesla Model S
The Model S debuted to huge fanfare in 2012 with sleek styling, long electric range, monster performance numbers and a base price that allowed middle-class workers to debate buying one. For 2013, Tesla offers the Model S in three ranges: 60 kWh, 85 kWh and 85 kWh Performance. The EV range goes from 208 miles in the 60 kWh model to 265 miles in the 85 kWh and the Performance model. The base model can sprint to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, the mid-range model in 5.4 seconds and the Performance model in an amazing 4.2 seconds.
Prices range from $63,590 in the base model to $83,570 in the Performance model.