Gather round the flickering flames and stretch your marshmallow-roasting wrist muscles, folks. This is what a Tesla Model S looks like when it’s on fire, all $62,000 worth of it.
Of course, the Tesla Model S only starts at $62,000, so this burning example caught by a Jalopnik reader could have cost quite a bit more. It’s hard to tell what with all those flames burning on it and firefighters obstructing the view.
Tesla said the fire happened after the car hit some kind of “large metallic object in the middle of the road,” but said in a statement that no one was hurt:
The car’s alert system signaled a problem and instructed the driver to pull over safely, which he did. No one was injured, and the sole occupant had sufficient time to exit the vehicle safely and call the authorities. Subsequently, a fire caused by the substantial damage sustained during the collision was contained to the front of the vehicle thanks to the design and construction of the vehicle and battery pack. All indications are that the fire never entered the interior cabin of the car. It was extinguished on-site by the fire department.
In possibly related news, LATimes.com reports that Tesla’s stock price is going up in flames today, or fine, it’s down a bit and we just wanted to use that pun.
Shares dropped 6% yesterday after the video hit the media and Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a downgrade. In the report, Baird said Tesla could have trouble expanding production and developing new models, giving it a neutral expectation instead of its previous assessment that it would outperform the market.