A crash this weekend in Washington State Route 167 outside of Seattle has been reported and photographed where a Tesla Model S collided with a large metallic object.

Here is the Video


Here is Tesla’s statement

“Yesterday, a Model S collided with a large metallic object in the middle of the road, causing significant damage to the vehicle. The car’s alert system signaled a problem and instructed the driver to pull over safely, which he did. No one was injured, and the sole occupant had sufficient time to exit the vehicle safely and call the authorities. Subsequently, a fire caused by the substantial damage sustained during the collision was contained to the front of the vehicle thanks to the design and construction of the vehicle and battery pack. All indications are that the fire never entered the interior cabin of the car. It was extinguished on-site by the fire department.”statement on the crash:

The question remains: Why did the car catch on fire? Sources report that it did start after the collision.

Positives: No passengers were injured.


Updates on this accident to follow

Sorry, no accidents to report lately guys! I did run across this posting from a Tesla driver who spent some time talking to the guys in the Tesla approved body shop in San Carlos. Here are some Tesla crash tips he picked up. We’ll see if we can get in touch with the San Carlos mechanics and get their feedback

  • No fires, period.  None.  Tesla said this, but the body shop confirmed this.  No charred cars have come into the body shop, despite having fixed hundreds of Roadsters and S’s in accidents.
  • The roadsters fall apart.  Perhaps 20-30% or more of the roadsters have to go through a rebuild, and the battery packs fail as well.  This so far doesn’t seem to be remotely the case for the Model S.
  • Tons of rear-end accidents.  The reason seems to be the default “Standard”, very aggressive, regenerative braking setting.  With the higher reg on … the car behind you isn’t going to see any red lights as you slow down.  =  Read-end accident.  Also, the overall super-quietness of the Model S may lead to more accidents.  Don’t flame me here.
  • Just don’t get in an accident due to parts availability.  It takes a month to get parts and get fixed up.  Also, the repairs aren’t cheap.  So just don’t get in an accident 😉
  • Hatches ripped off.  Many high-end buyers don’t seem to be used to having a hatchback.  They leave it up, drive our of their 5-car garages, and rip the hatch right off

My Thoughts on these

  • I hope this puts this myth to death. Your Tesla Lithium battery will not catch on fire
  • This blog is focused on the Tesla Model S and my general impression from Roadster crashes on line supports this conclusion
  • This problem seems easily fixable by Tesla. As the car experiences regenerative breaking it slows down slightly. This is unexpected for the car driving behind it if they are unfamiliar with the Model S and is not signaled with a break light. Simply adding a break light when the car is slowing down due to the standard regenerative breaking setting could reduce these rear end accidents. It is these kinds of interventions that this blog is intended to find! I somewhat disagree with the quietness problem having had a very quiet Prius for 7 years. Balancing pedestrian safety and super quiet cars has already been hashed out over the Prius.
  • Parts availability. Like most successful startups, Tesla is at risk for drowning to death in success instead of starving on failure. Finding adequate parts suppliers to build enough cars to meet demand and to repair those in circulation will be a major challenge going forward in this early stage of growth
  • Really? Pay attention people


Enjoy. The Tesla European Supercharger Network planned for Winter 2014


Tesla is also now the best selling car in Norway since opening in September!


Great video on safety tips for Emergency Medical Responders who respond to crashes involving EVs. No, the Tesla will not electrocute you in a submersion collision! 🙂

Two Quick Links for Responders

FIrst Tip for the Model S: Hit the “Park” button to turn off the car

Tesla Responder Webpage:


Tesla First Responder PDF Guide:


Reported by @lnlenny415

Driver “impressed with how little he felt”, 30 mph

Tesla: Front end damage, No photo available

Injuries: None reported

Deaths: 0

Root Cause: Not Enough Information to Determine

Crashed Tesla

Posted: September 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Spotted Crashed Tesla, another unknown outcome to add to the list.

Injuries: NA

Deaths: NA

Tesla: damage appears very minor



Tesla Dallas Crash

Posted: September 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Injuries: Unknown

Deaths: Unknown

Damage to Tesla: cabin appears intact


From Wrecked Exotics



Tesla Crash: Unknown Details

Posted: September 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tesla: cab appears fairly intact, moderate frontal damage

Injuries: Unknown

Deaths: Unknown

Please submit any information that you might have on this Model S Crash