Feds To Investigate Tesla Model S Fire After All

Remember when Elon Musk said there would “definitely” not be any recall on the Tesla Model S despite a trio of high-profile fires? Well the all-electric automaker is now under investigation by the NHTSA, and the Federal agency has flat-out denied Tesla’s claim that it requested the investigation itself.

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Video: Another Tesla Model S Fire Caught On Video

Every day thousands of gas-powered cars catch fire due to numerous factors, from operator error to just being old and in bad shape. Hot on the heels of a high-profile car fire involving a Tesla Model S comes news and video of another Tesla flambe. Once again, the driver was able to escape with minimal injury, though the Tesla was pretty much unrecoverable.

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Video: Tesla Model S Crash Tests And Why It Got A 5-Star Safety Rating

What is it about crashes and destruction that so fascinates us human beings? That brings up all sorts of philosophical questions, like why do we create if we always end up destroying said creations? Are humans builders, or wreckers by nature? Or are we both? Such questions we will leave to philosophy majors as we enjoy two minutes of Tesla Model S crash tests. You’re welcome.

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Video: Nearly 100 Renault Zoe EV’s Crashed In The Name Of Safety

What better way to start the week than with an EV crash test?

Last November saw the Chevrolet Volt came under attack from political conservatives who jumped on an NHTSA investigation into the Volt’s battery packs. Despite GM developing a “fix” for the battery fire, and the NHTSA giving the Volt the all-clear, the damage was done. So it is no surprise to me that after seeing what happened to the Volt that French automaker Renault has gone above and beyond normal crash testing, sending almost 100 of its Zoe electric cars into the wall…in the name of SCIENCE! Erm, I mean safety.

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