Sunday 25 September 2016

Tesla car catches fire during promotional event in France

Published 16/08/2016 | 17:16

Tesla said it is 'working with the authorities to establish the facts' about the fire in Bayonne (AP)
Tesla said it is 'working with the authorities to establish the facts' about the fire in Bayonne (AP)

A Tesla electric car caught fire during a promotional tour in south-west France but those aboard escaped unharmed.

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Tesla said in a statement that it is "working with the authorities to establish the facts" about the fire in Bayonne.

The driver was quoted in local newspaper Sud Ouest as saying he answered a Facebook ad offering test drives of the Model S car.

The driver said he saw smoke and the three people aboard got out before seeing it catch fire.

Nobody was hurt and no property was damaged, regional administration spokesman Patrice Abbadie said.

The US government investigated Tesla in 2013 after two fires in Model S cars, but closed the investigation after Tesla raised the vehicles' suspensions and added a titanium shield to protect their batteries.

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