Tesla Model S Burns Down After Accident In Austria

Tyler Durden's picture

In the latest conflagration involving a Tesla car unexpectedly bursting into flames, a Model S burned to a crisp after an accident on an Austrian highway on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Tiroler Tageszeitung, a Tesla Model S had an accident on the Arlberg Expressway (S16) in Pians.

The 19-year-old driver from Innsbruck was traveling towards Bludenz around 1 pm on Tuesday. Entering a construction zone on the highway, the 19-year-old driver shifted from the local to the fast lane, at which point the car lost control and hit the concrete divider wall along the side of the road. A moment later the electric car burst into flames.

The young woman driver managed to get out just in time; she suffered unknown injuries and was sent to Zams hospital.

According to Krone, the crash resulted "in considerable traffic restrictions."

The fire brigade arrived at the scene, however as the following photos show, there was little to salvage as the car completely burned down.

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BaBaBouy's picture

Elon Doesn't Use Enough COBALT in his batteries ???

knukles's picture

I owned a Pinto once, it never burst into flames and my bud's Corvair never fell in half.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

No worries. Elon on his way. He'll drop a briefcase of $$ off, and we'll never hear about this again.

just the tip's picture

he's re-routing those service teams from puerto rico as we type.

jcaz's picture

...And yet the stock is up $6 today because Tesla agreed to pay workers more money-  upside is downside with this freaky bullshit stock.....

No problem on the accident, tho- that will buff right out..... No wonder insurance companies are jacking up premiums on Teslas.....

laser's picture

At least she kept her head.

HenryKissingerZuckerberg's picture

this is normal, all laptop smartphone batteries turn to blowtorchs if punctured...

and this is a HUGE bunch of laptop batteries.

Bes's picture

car fire in Austria

time for

zhedgers to lose their collective shit

because it's a Tesla

talk about.......   look squirrel!


ghengis86's picture

Austria, huh? ....well, throw another shrimp on the barbie!


IH8OBAMA's picture

I've got the solution for Tesla.  Musk needs to start installing ejection seats in the Teslas.  At the first hint of an accident the seats with passengers autoatically eject them from the vehicle.


Zero_Ledge's picture

In other news, yet another non-Tesla, gasoline-powered car involved in an accident burst into flames in East Kabumfuck, Indiana.  Get on it, Tyler!

HowdyDoody's picture

A 19 year old driving a Tesla? What could possibly go wrong?


Moe Hamhead's picture

He's working on that, --- trying to get them to land on a barge.

Idaho potato head's picture

Um that's Austrailia....Putin has a point.

ghengis86's picture

Ever seen dumb and dumber, dickhead?
FFS do I have spell out every fucking reference for you mooks?

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

Because no petrol powered car ever caughtfire, clearly


Spinkter's picture

Just takes one 18650 to blow the attomizer from a mech mod vape all the way down yo gullet.

yogibear's picture

Cool, Musk developed a self-destructive auto..

HowdyDoody's picture

Is he supported by the Clinton Global Initiative?

man from glad's picture

I remember Ford‘s remedy on the exploding Pintos was to put a chunk of rubber between the gas tank and frame. Fixed!

Freddie's picture

Cheap polycarbonate piece of plastic.  The axle had a bolt that would puncture the tank in a rear end collision.

Moe Hamhead's picture

Porsche made a special model 911 years ago with a lot of magnesium in it.  Very limited production though.  I knew someone who went up in smoke in one.  They had the sense to curtail the production to the race version.  Unfortunately a few were sold at a high price for street use.

Green2Delta's picture

Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it. 

SubjectivObject's picture

it was one of those driver autocombustion events

the car was not at fault

Just Another Vietnam Vet's picture


At this rate,   "CRASH and BURN"    could become an new updated term  when a accident occurs.  


Siberian_Walrus's picture

I'd buy that for a $1

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"I'd buy that for a $1"

Who pays for shipping?

TheSilentMajority's picture

Amazon will ship it for “free.”

you_do's picture

Long or short?

deer_flasher's picture

A car burns after a crash... Great freaking news ZH, Tylers could do better than this, common, we know you're biased against anything Musk related, but this is just low anti-tesla propaganda.

Jim in MN's picture

Deer in Headlights

Burning EVs

Muppets Crushed in the Gutter



Memes are life.

konputa's picture

Yes well billionaire welfare queens are easy targets for our ire, so there's that.

swissthinker's picture

ever wondered why the irish are called the irish?

deer_flasher's picture

Upvoted you, and not attacking you to tell the truth. But I think most of the hate they get from most ZH'ers is envy/jealously since the guys are billionaires, and most here are like poor losers at worst, business owners at best . I'm posting from my office while the guys finish machining some parts to deliver later in the day, but so far "my" business kind of owns me, well, it actually owns me

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

You should be out in the shop doing it yourself, instead of jerking off on the interwebs.

deer_flasher's picture

That's what I pay them for, otherwise I'll just fire them and do it myself (leaving them on the street), you sound like a liberal with that comment, even thought I might bet you identify yourself differently. When you take the risks and pay the price, you get to chill out a little once in a while, capitalism

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Lol, liberal....hardly.

The pros in this business are out on the floor leading by example, not "chilling" cause you deserve it. I did my 35 years...enjoy!

Mustafa Kemal's picture

You are right. I am going to start a Tesla on Fire collection.

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Actually it isn't. Little has been discussed about how Lithium batteries react to crash damage. I suspect a crushed battery will discharge instantly resulting in a severe fire.


konputa's picture

Right, these cars are incendiary bombs on wheels that happen to be heavily subsidized by tax payers. The father of lithium polymer battery technology has come out and said that everyone of these batteries is a time bomb.

Kenny Drebson's picture

i think either electrovaya or saft had a patent on a lithium super polymer that did NOT catch fire in a collision.  this was 10+ years ago... not sure what happened to it.

NEWSFLASH: most energy carriers like gasoline and high density batteries WILL catch fire when ruptured and exposed to O2.

konputa's picture

I think an important detail here is that lithium can explode on contact with water. That's not known to be a problem with gasoline or diesel.

NotApplicable's picture

Since when does gasoline catch fire when exposed to air?

Kenny Drebson's picture

when the container breaks (rupture), creates spark, mix in oxygen ---> catches fire.

HominyTwin's picture

It's actually a "well-known" fact that lithium batteries that are damaged can actually explode, or just burst into flames. From my few years in the shale field, I know they actually use lithium cells in downhole drilling because the electrical engineers are too fucking stupid to figure out how to design a boost converter for some alkaline cells, for example. The discharge curve of a lithium cell is very constant and so no converter is required. Lithium cells are known to detonate like dynamite downhole, destroying the lower part of the drill string. In a couple of instances, they have detonated on the platform. Fortunately, no roughnecks have been killed yet by such accidents, yet. When that changes, I hope a lawyer goes after the service companies for that shit.

IronForge's picture

With all the physical wear and tear vehicles experience, it's a matter of time before we see cars with Battery Packs which have lifespans below the MTBF to start torching up to force a Recall .

Funny if Recalls force TSLA to eat Battery Pack replacement costs before Customers are due to swap them out...

deer_flasher's picture

They don't even discharge after a critical failure  (puncture,crushing,shorting), they just straight up blow up ACME style

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Where do you think the energy comes from to cause the explosion and fire?

Boing_Snap's picture

Another myth about Lithium batteries, they actually have a very slow burn rate. Fires in these cars occur when the individual battery case is exposed to air, and therefore pressure can't build to a large explosive event as these batteries are the size of your thumb.

Now gasoline cars are bombs by comparison, gas tanks regularly explode and if the people are still inside the car die horrible deaths.