Tesla ‘spontaneously’ catches fire on California freeway, officials say

Tesla ‘spontaneously’ catches fire on California freeway, officials say

A Tesla Model S “spontaneously” burst into flames Saturday afternoon in California whereas driving on a freeway, officials mentioned. 

The Tesla’s battery compartment caught fire simply earlier than 4 p.m. within the eastbound lanes of Highway 50 near Sacramento, Metro Fire of Sacramento mentioned.

Fire officials mentioned the automobile was touring “freeway speeds” when the sudden combustion occurred and that “nothing uncommon” occurred previous to the fire.

The Tesla was absolutely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene, in keeping with the division.

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destroyed Tesla Model S

Firefighters used about 6,000 gallons of water to extinguish the fire. (Metro Fire of Sacramento  / Fox News)

Firefighters used about 6,000 gallons of water to extinguish the flames because the Tesla’s battery cells continued to combust.

charred wreckage of Tesla Model S

The battery compartment of a Tesla Model S “spontaneously” caught fire on a Sacramento freeway on Saturday. (Metro Fire of Sacramento  / Fox News)

Crews additionally used jacks to carry the automobile, so they might entry its underside to extinguish and funky the battery.

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No accidents had been reported.

crews working under Tesla

Crews used jacks to carry the Tesla Model S and to extinguish and funky the battery from beneath the automobile. (Metro Fire of Sacramento  / Fox News)

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