Tesla has published statistics on the fires of its own electric vehicles from 2012 to 2020. It turned out that the brand’s vehicles are subject to fire every 330 million kilometers.
According to Tesla, in the period from 2012 to 2020, for every 330 million kilometers of travel among all models, there was one fire in the company’s electric car. Among the causes of the fire, the specialists of the American corporation named the malfunction of electronic equipment, arson, as well as other situations not related to the technical design of electric cars.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the US Department of Transportation, such statistics are more than 10 times higher than the average fire rate among ICE cars. Classic vehicles light up every 30 million kilometers. According to experts, this figure may be due to the fact that most Tesla electric cars are much younger than most cars in the country.
At the same time, Tesla released statistics on fires for 2012-2019. During that period, the company’s electric cars caught fire approximately every 282 million kilometers. In this regard, representatives of the brand said that the reliability of electric vehicles improves over time.
In 2019, a video was published on the Web in which Tesla Model S spontaneously caught fire in a parking lot. The footage shows how smoke first comes out from under the car, then the liftback explodes and starts to burn.