If you’re Elon Musk, your Tuesday went from bad to worse today.
It’s already common knowledge that when electric vehicles (EVs) catch on fire, they’re tough to put out.
A Tesla today caught fire in Stamford, requiring over 600 gallons and 42 minutes to extinguish once firefighters arrived on the scene.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, PG&E’s Telsa battery facility caught fire in California today.
Part of Highway 1 in California was shut down due to the fire, and PG&E said they were working closely with firefighters to extinguish the blaze.
This flamin’ battery mess comes on the heels of a fire that broke out in a Tesla “megapack” battery unit in Australia last year during a test of one of the world’s most significant energy storage projects.
EV critics have already slammed producers for the pollution caused by the production and waste of electric vehicle batteries. The fact that they’re also extraordinary fire risks doesn’t help the makers’ arguments that, in the end, it weighs out the environmental impact.
Musk seems more focused on #Mars and tomorrow than on the destruction; his batteries are wreaking in the here and now. Eventually, Tesla will have to pony up a plan to make the cars a little less ridiculously flammable.