Norwegian Car-B-Q: Tesla Model S Bursts Into Flames, Burns To A Crisp While Charging

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The Norwegian owner of a Tesla Model S found an unexpected f(i)ringe benefit during a cold Friday afternoon when shortly after he had parked his luxury electric car at a supercharging station in Gjerstad, and left, he realized the car could serve as a very quick and efficient, if quite toxic, source of heating for the cold Scandinavian country, after the Model S spontaneously burst into flames.

Nobody was injured in the incident in which the Tesla unexpectedly started burning, at which point emergency services were alerted.

By the time firefighters arrived, the car was completely ablaze.

As Norway's FVN reports, the fire department could not use water to extinguish the electric car fire, so it just let Tesla burn out completely while dousing it with foam and watching the luxury paperweight burn to a crisp.

FVN adds that the only way to extinguish electric car fire is by using water with a copper material. However, it is too costly for the Norwegian fire departments. There were more f(i)ringe benefits: according to firefighter, Steinar Olsen, it is dangerous to breathe the smoke from the fire because it has fluorine gas in it, and when an electric car burns down the toxic gases emitted are far more dangerous than those from a normal car.

As Jalopnik adds, the Model S has been involved in a handful of documented fires in the past few years, as a result of both crashes and charging, although Tesla has disagreed on the latter cause.

Photos from the scene of the incident courtesy of FVN:


On various previous occasions when a Model S burned down under similar circumstances, the stock price of TSLA reacted accordingly, although it always rebounded after Elon Musk soothed the market's nerves about the "one-time" nature of the Car-B-Q.

However, now that even Consumer Reports yanked its glowing endorsement of the car, the rebound may be delayed especially if the NHTSA finally wakes up and forces Musk to do another recall for a car which unexpectedly combusted just because it was being charged. One thing is certain: a recall "fixing" the battery pack would have a massive price tag attached to it, and it is possible that after years of ignoring the company's cash burn and liquidity, those two "fundamental" drivers of value will finally come back to haunt the market with a vengeance.

In other news, Chinese corporate fraudsters just came up with a new and improved excuse for misplacing their financial records: "we left it in the Tesla as it was charging and everything burned down."

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g'kar's picture

"Norwegian Car-B-Q"



Deathrips's picture

Recall to keep tesla stock up?

20$ oil and electric cars dont mix.




COSMOS's picture

Look at the bright side, one less Elon Musk product out there.  By the way are they the ones making the Hoverboards ???

This unfortunately is rather symbolic of what is happening in Scandinavia with the muslim invasion.  There will be many more fires to come.

max2205's picture

There goes that carbon credit 

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) max2205 Jan 1, 2016 1:39 PM

I would still buy one.

No other car fires are even reported.


swmnguy's picture

That's true.  I saw 3 car fires this past week alone.  None electric cars.  None made the news.

And yes, everyone should be careful with batteries.  Especially rechargable batteries.  Especially high-capacity rechargable batteries.  In a car, in a drill, in an RC toy car, in a cell phone; wherever.

I'm not sure I'd buy a Tesla, but it would be cool to have one.

monk27's picture

The "Big Short"... Tesla version ?

Stuck on Zero's picture

Was the driver a smoker?

Arnold's picture

Here in Pensyltucky we know that the gas cap is behind the rear license plate, not up front.

That would be the radiator.

Barnaby's picture

You saw them with your own eyes? What are you, Carfireman?

El Crusty's picture

  You have no idea how dangerous these cars really are. Im a tech at a dealership, when we have to service any part of the car that is connected to the high voltage battery, we have to put up barriers around the car, cones and a big warning sign on the car not to touch it while being serviced. i have to wear not one but 2 pairs of 1000 volt rated insulated gloves, safety glasses, remove all jewlery, and have to be wearing shoes with rubber soles. the last tool i am supposed to have handy is what we call "the dead tech hook" which is a 10 foot long plastic pole with a big hook on the end so your coworkers can pull your freshly charcoaled corpse off of the car without getting electrocuted themselves.

Oh, and once one of these battery packs short circuits and catches fire there is no way to put it out unless you happen to have a fire truck handy- a fire extinguisher wont touch it, and the fire will reignite soon as you stop spraying it. you have to wiat for it to burn itself out.

Fullthrottle's picture

Those cars are a Rolling Lithium disaster. I suppose in Scandinavia some people think its practical considering gas is still 6$ a gallon.   Wait,ll the battery wears out and it costs another 10k to replace it. Complete Idiots. 

Milton Keynes's picture

Utility workers do this all the time, and they aren't afraid.


COSMOS's picture

The dead ones never are anymore.

Barnaby's picture

You're talking about two things.

You seem to think that when a small airplane crashes it's possibly the airplane's fault, when in fact it could be Briggs's and/or Strattons's fault.

Similarly, the power cells are the issue here. But if you need to lug around the human weight equivalent in batteries, you're basically driving a bomb around town for no appreciable benefit other than cachet.

DeadFred's picture

The electricity at the charging station is free. Maybe these puppies wouldn't ignite if they didn't serve up cut rate power (/s). My daughter just bought one and it's really a cool car if you happen to have a spare 95K stuffed in a drawer somewhere. The battery could run a house for over a month if the SHTF day ever comes around. You need solar power to have it make any sense so why does (did) a Norwegian have one?

Four chan's picture

so one case of indeterminate cause warrants a slam piece on the whole company and developer. its like some tucker shit by the big three all over again.

Lumberjack's picture

I downvoted you because that type of battery has been VERY problematic including the charging electronics. Another important issue are these are a rather dangerous and expensive bitch for fire departments to deal with. From the Fires in the 777 aircraft to cars to consumer goods, I even have had new li-ion batteries get dangerously hot in a tactical flashlight, and of course their use at a wind farm in hawaii for energy storage. 


I did serve as a fire chief for a volunteer department having a very good working background in civil and electrical engineering (and fire). I am still pissed and unimpressed at at how information was NOT MADE AVAILABLE to first responders dealing with auto accidents regarding electric cars (and what was was seriously deficient and have a copy here). The Chief and/or office in charge of a scene can be charged with involuntary manslaughter if any responders are injured or killed under his/her watch working an accident/fire scene without proper training or equipment. This story as so many other reinforces that as all the department could do was let it burn and use a little foam (if they have it).

Vendetta's picture

yeah, but, on the flip side, you can run your house on the car for a month so it would be a good prepper item.

Abbie Normal's picture

Maybe if your house is a tent...30KwH/day for average household use = 900KwH in a month; which the Tesla battery is nowhere near.

Fullthrottle's picture

He probably lives in the Fiords and cant get a full day of sun. 

WOAR's picture

Why, that reminds me of a parrot, pinin' for the Fiords...

SoDamnMad's picture

Cause Norway has tons of melted snow cascading down the mountains. It is why you find so many modern aluminum plants up the fiords (cause the electricity is hydroelectric and sorta free with all that snow melting year round)

not dead yet's picture

Tesla's are the new driveway jewelry. In Norway electric cars are exempt from purchase taxes and the 25% VAT tax.

Looney's picture

Musk should start using these batteries in his rockets’ engines. They burn “reel gewd”! ;-)


Sudden Debt's picture

Tesla is now selling the same batterypacks to store energy from your solar panels over here...

I wonder how many houses will catch fire in the summer when they go full power :)

tuns1999's picture

Anything with enough storage portential to transport a over two tonnes over 200 miles and enough power to get to 100 mph, is also going to have the potential to release that energy in a more destructive way.

Houses get into crashes less often than cars, so they will likely be safe.

BurningFuld's picture

Best solution is to store the battery pack in your back yard in a fenced off area. One flaw in one cell in those monsters and your house is gone.

Jay's picture

Li-Ion cells self-discharge rapidly in cold weather, however. Remember the NYT reporter that parked his test Tesla outside a hotel on a frigid winter night and lost 2/3 of his charge. Hot temps are no good for the cells either. Heat reduces the life and charge capacity of Li-Ion batteries.

Boing_Snap's picture

Some faulty science there old man, Lithium Ion batteries have a wider tempurature range then regular batteries, and the charging times at extreme cold temps are far more favourable.

Also charge/discharge cycles are greatly increased. Battery improvements in design are happening rapidly also, the need to have cathode and anodes that can expand and contract during cycles increases the weight of the batteries due to addition of ions. A number of cathode/anode designs could reduce the weight by up to 30%, increasing range over the 300 mile range currently. They could also increase the performance, but the need to go faster than 2.8 sec 0-60 mph, the fastest production car in history, that the Tesla Model S can attain isn't a priority.

It's funny to see those that point out the fires the Tesla is having as if it was horrendously greater than gasoline vehicles, however there are far more fires in gas vehicles, and extermely more lethal and damaging to their operators and passengers. The Model S has yet to have a fatality in any of these 5 fires. Even filling up a car with gas can be a dangerous event.

Electric cars are here to stay, the benefits are too great, the prices will drop as they make models aimed at mass markets, Tesla will make their money being the battery supplier of choice.






Al Tinfoil's picture

Indisputably, "Tesla will make their money being the [replacement] battery supplier of choice."

not dead yet's picture

You're assuming a lot. Tesla's factory is still not producing. Other than packing the cells into a container Tesla has no battery technology. They currently buy their cells from Panasonic and it is Panasonic that is setting up Tesla's factory. Panasonic has the technology, clout and cash to expand in the lithium arena whereas Tesla does not and they will be a major competitor to Tesla. There are already other established companies that make lithium batteries so Tesla has plenty of competition. Tesla recently signed deals for future lithium supply from mines that are not even in operation yet. One company is a mining startup. What's Musk going to do if those mines do not come on line in time. What if they do come on line in time but Musks battery business doesn't catch on an he has to buy the contracted supply? GM has already signed up a supplier for their lithium cells. All the major car companies have mainstram electrics in the works waiting for the currently almost non existant electric market to come to life. When it does Musk will be flooded with competition and his propaganda of 500,000 car production by 2020 is just that. Musk has never delivered a quality car on time and never made any money doing it. The majors make huge money in the luxury segment where Tesla loses money so how can Musk compete head to head in the every mans car segment.


Tesla claims their sales model is the future. Plunk down your cash, wait, and take delivery with no dealer involved. In the Joe Sixpack segment the buyer does not have the cash to put down and wait, not to mention not having the patience, he needs financing. He also has a trade in. Sure you can sell your car outright and get a loan from the bank but the bank won't lend money on a car that isn't in your hands and selling your old car is fraught with all kinds of pitfalls from outright theft on the test drive to rubber checks. Many times the dealer can offer better financing than you can get on your own. What if you need that money from selling your old car to buy the new one and it doesn't sell on time? Or it sells early and your Tesla gets delivered late what do you drive? Except for the negotiation part the dealer makes the selling process quick and easy which is what most buyers want. Also Tesla quality is not so hot and when fixes are needed they send out repair teams. If they do sell down segment and get their sales goals flying in repair teams will take too long and be too expensive with the manpower needed. Thus a dealer is required.

IronForge's picture


Cold weather seems to be problematic for the TSLA Car-be-que.  This explains why they've implemented the "Better Place" (another Israeli owned firm) / Nissan method of replacing Battery Packs and placing multiple chargers.

This may be a 2year old article; but I haven't seen/read about any battery breakthroughs that allow for Teslas to make the Typical Mid Range Haul in Winter (e.g., BOS-NYC, NYC-DCA, etc.) without many problems. 

That, cheaper Oil, and the oncoming Hybrids and HFCVs will bury Tesla.


Milton Keynes's picture

A gallon of gasoline for the lawn mower will also start one hell of a fire.


silverer's picture

I think that's why that flywheel car never left the garage.  At full RPM, a flywheel explosion could be catastrophic.

NotApplicable's picture

You might take note that there was no crash involved here, just some excited lithium.

lakecity55's picture

That's nuts.

You're better off with proven wet cell deep-cycle batts.

Socratic Dog's picture

Heavy, less energy-dense, messy, and a fuck sight safer.  Not real sexy.  But very few reported explosions.

When a genius like Musk (the MSM tells me it's so) takes 15,000 single (AA-equivalent) Li-ion batteries and wires them together to make a power pack, well, why would anyone be surprised when they exploded occasionally?  You'd have to be a moron to think they wouldn't.

Fullthrottle's picture

Ive been through Norway, some people plant grass on their roofs for insulation (True Story). I cant help but wonder if they actually get up there and mow it occationally. There are some fine looking Blond chics there. Nice Racks too. I,d almost bet theyre real too. 

brown_hornet's picture

There is a Norwegian restaurant in Door Co. Wisconsin that has goats eat off their grass roofed building.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Using batteries to store excess power from solar panels isn't just a costly move, but a dumb one.

The smart move is to sell it to the power company by day (at peak demand and prices), and buy it back at night (at off-peak demand and rates).

COSMOS's picture

I hear it parks itself like that Elon Musk rocket, while he plays the violin for you.  Cause he is such a renaissance man.  Able to take credit for all the hard work done by some engineers in a lab.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

All Elon Musk ventures are gov't subsidised.  Its part of the Cost/Benefit Analysis he does.

NotApplicable's picture

Which is why I'm constantly spoiling anyone's fantasy who thinks of Musk as a 21st Century entrepreneur. He's a welfare queen of the highest order.

Then again, perhaps that's what this century holds for us all?

Freddie's picture

He is tribe so he was picked to be "successful" by the zio-elites.

Just like Zuckerberg who screwed the Winklevoss non-tribesman twins out of Facebook.

VegasBob's picture

I figure Musk is just the 21st century PT Barnum.  After all, there's a sucker born every minute...

Fullthrottle's picture

While hes laughing all the way to the Bank on that Crony Capital Coin that we got reamed on.