According to a lawyer, a new top model “S Plaid” that has just been delivered has gone up in flames. The driver, a company boss, was only able to use force to save himself from the burning vehicle because the electric door lock blocked, lawyer Mark Geragos said on Friday.
The car turned into a fireball shortly after rolling in a residential area in Pennsylvania. “That was a gruesome and appalling experience,” said Geragos.
did not take a direct position on this when asked. The latest luxury car from the US electric car pioneer has only been delivered since June. The case is now being investigated, the lawyer said, and asked to take the model off the market until the causes were clear.
Tesla boss Elon Musk had touted the car at the world premiere with the words that it was “faster than any Porsche and safer than anyone.” The development of the battery was more complex because of safety issues. The US traffic safety agency NHTSA said it would investigate the case and intervene if the public needed protection. The authority has already checked a number of accidents with Tesla models due to the automated driving function.
E-cars do not burn more frequently or more violently than petrol or diesel.