One-Off Bad Electrical Connection Caused Tesla Model S Fire in France

One-Off Bad Electrical Connection Caused Tesla Model S Fire in France

Tesla has revealed the cause of a Model S fire that happened last month in France.

The sedan caught fire during a test drive in Biarritz, France, and after an investigation, a Tesla spokesperson has confirmed to Fox News that a loose electrical connection was the cause. Two guests and a Tesla representative were inside the vehicle during the incident and, according to driver Nicholas Cano, there was a loud noise from the car before the Tesla employee asked him to pull over. All three were able to safely leave the vehicle before the fire started.

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The Tesla spokesman in France said that “the fire was caused by a bolted electrical connection that had been improperly tightened.” He added that the electrical connections are normally installed by a robot, but in that particular car, the connection was installed manually. It’s unclear why the connection wasn’t done by a robot like it typically is, but the spokesman did say that there has never been a similar incident in another car.

[Source: Tesla]

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  • smartacus

    a loose electrical connection led to the battery pack overheating like that?

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    I hate how when something goes wrong with a Tesla, it gets all blown up by the media and gets all this negative press. If things aren’t going wrong once in a while, then I don’t think they’re doing their job. Honestly, Tesla is pushing the envelope and that is something that is sorely needed these days especially with clean energy cars.