The New York Times
Elon Musk Defends Tesla Car After Fire
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: October 4, 2013
The chief executive of the electric car company Tesla, Elon Musk, says a battery in a Model S that caught fire this week was apparently impaled by a metal object. Mr. Musk gave more detail in a blog post about the fire, which became an Internet sensation and unsettled investors. He also defended the car’s battery technology and wrote that fires were more common in conventional gas-powered vehicles. “For consumers concerned about fire risk, there should be absolutely zero doubt that it is safer to power a car with a battery than a large
tank of highly flammable liquid,” Mr. Musk wrote. He said a curved metal component was apparently the culprit in causing a Tesla to catch fire, writing that the object’s shape led to a powerful hit.