A Tesla Model S P100D was destroyed after catching fire at a service center in Marietta, Georgia earlier in the week.
Details about the blaze are limited and while the City of Marietta page on Facebook shared images of the Tesla to its Facebook page, it did not reveal what triggered the fire.
These images suggest that the electric sedan’s battery caught fire while it was parked at the service center. Most of the damage done to the car appears to be concentrated around the cabin and the driver’s side, perhaps suggesting this is where the fire originated from.
Whatever the reason, it appears as though fire crews arrived on the scene quite quickly as they managed to extinguish the fire before it engulfed every piece of bodywork or spread to a Model 3 that was parked nearby. Fire crews even lifted the EV onto wooden blocks so they could get better access to the battery and direct a strong stream of water into it to stop the flames and cool the battery.
This is not an isolated incident, nor is it confined to Tesla. Many car manufacturers are spending millions in recalling EVs that face similar issues. Major recalls have impacted vehicles including the Chevrolet Bolt, Porsche Taycan, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford Kuga PHEV, and the Hyundai Kona EV. Tesla also had to pay $163 million for refusing to replace batteries under warranty that lost more than half of their range in just six years.