Ever since its 2012 release, the Tesla Model S has garnered rave reviews not only for its performance and safety features, but also for its sleek design. Announced in July, the "convince your friends to buy a really expensive car" program comes with a number of pretty awesome rewards for those who are great, amateur Tesla salespeople of their own.
Someone just had a very bad New Years Day. There is one major positive, though, and that is nobody got injured during this incident.
Defending the vehicle's below-average reliability, CR said, "Even though reliability has dropped to below average, our subscribers rate the Tesla Model S as the most satisfying auto in our survey".
Plug-in vehicles include hybrids such as the Chevrolet Volt, which runs on gasoline and electricity, and all-electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S. Not included in the category are hybrids with no plug, such as the Toyota Prius.
This isn't the first time a Tesla has seemingly spontaneously combusted - a few years ago, a Model S infamously caught on fire while sitting in a Toronto garage, and the wall charger unit was later suggested to be responsible for the flames.
It is still unclear as to what exactly caused the fire, though the police noted that the blast damaged not only the Tesla, but the Super Charging station as well. So automatic updates or not, the Model S is going to start getting a little long in the tooth much sooner rather than later. For now, the SuperCharger station is closed. As Green Car Reports points out: "It might also allow Tesla to commonize elements of the two cars' understructures; CEO Elon Musk has admitted that the Model X had more unique components than originally planned by the time it reached production". Fortunately, the owner was nowhere near his auto when the fire caught.