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Fire inspector: Tesla battery ignited August fire at Palo Alto car dealerships

Original post made on Apr 14, 2023

The spontaneous combustion of faulty Tesla lithium-ion batteries caused a large, early morning fire at two car dealerships in Palo Alto last August, according to two recently released fire inspection reports.

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Posted by JB
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 14, 2023 at 7:28 pm

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I periodically read about Tesla fires. Does anybody know if Tesla is working on fixing this scary problem?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2023 at 1:36 pm

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The fire was caused by batteries incorrectly stored, not actually in Tesla cars.

It is possible that these batteries were known as faulty!

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 16, 2023 at 1:36 am

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The lot where Tesla’s new cars are on & the lot behind (where Walgreens is located) is totally sus. Waiting in line to get my drive thru PCR tests in 2021/22 gave me ample opportunity to observe how the trade in car lot was faulty — the autos we’re separate & neglected from its Tesla new lot: trash cans, street garbage & a electronic cyclone fence (We were forced to line up on the city street because Tesla had jurisdiction of the storage car lot — and unsafe for their cv commerce & its thru traffic). post fire, the Walgreens shut down thier drive thru COVID testing site — My point? There is none or little oversight by our city when it comes to car dealerships of this magnitude. It’s All about curbside speak & looks. From ECR it’s all shiny new Tesla’s. From the rear it’s nothing more than desert of greenery
A toxic junk yard. This is all on par w how the City of PA operate — all optics. Example: Related /Mayfield Place “looks” all pretty from ECR passerby. yet come around 2 the backside or inside a apt unit— it’s a cheap junk heap of concrete, prefab everything, vinyls, plastic & zero to hang a mop, store bed sheets or my children’s winter jackets. It’s a fire hazard living or working among combustible material. hard working, very low income families have 2 navigate among, hourly/daily.

Posted by Gnar
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 16, 2023 at 12:17 pm

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PSA: Teslas and EVs have 11x *fewer* fires than gas cars, which... are propelled by the ignition of flammable material. This means that if you fill your car up with gas, your car is 11 times more likely to catch on fire than a Tesla.

All Teslas monitor battery temperature, actively cool/warm them as needed, and disconnect in case of thermal runaway. They're also insulated with fire-retardant foam.

Are EV fires more difficult to put out than gas cars? Yep.
Is this a Tesla issue? Nope.
Is this 11x more likely to happen to your gas car? Yep.

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