A massive immolation overtook a so-called Tesla Megapack battery – mobile charging stations for the Elon Musk-made electric vehicles – in yet another catastrophic failure of the green movement trying to normalize the use of EVs.
As first reported by Electrek and later picked up by Breitbart, a single fire from one of the Megapacks eventually overtook the entire trailer on which it was hosted. The fire
Breitbart described the arrangement as a trailer consisting of several Superchargers rigged up on a large trailer. The trailer was needed to provide extra capacity over the busy holiday stretch.
The mobile Supercharger, which consists of a trailer fitted with a Megapack battery and several Superchargers, was being used to provide extra capacity at the Baker Supercharger station during the holidays.
Breitbart continued, writing that after the conflagration and starting the new year that “half of the Supercharger stalls at the station, which has 40 stalls in total, were still usable later on January 1.”
Little additional information is yet known, as Breitbart also noted that “Tesla does not currently have a press relations department in the United States to comment on the incident.”
Fires like these seem all too common in the electric vehicle space. The American Tribune has also reported on several occasions when individual Teslas catch fire while charging or simply sitting in the garage.
A Tesla burst into flames while sitting in a St. Louis garage earlier this week. Fortunately, the blaze was contained quickly and no injuries were recorded apart from the physical destruction.
This past September, a Connecticut Tesla owner’s vehicle proved difficult to put out once engulfed in flames, requiring thousands of gallons of water to subdue the fire.
Not often discussed in each of the situations is the massive amount of toxic lithium released in the smoke or the remnants being washed away by the fire hoses. These chemicals are deadly and instantly become part of the environment.
And again, Breitbart covered a similar situation last September, when another Megapack battery became engulfed in flames. Breitbart wrote at the time:
A Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at PG&E’s Elkhorn Battery Storage facility in Monterey County, California. A shelter-in-place advisory was in place for 12 hours due to fears of toxic smoke from the fire caused by Elon Musk’s battery system, with county officials announcing that even though the fire was “fully controlled” by 7:00 p.m. PT, “smoke may still occur in the area for several days.”
KSBW Action News 8 reports that a Tesla Megapack battery caught fire at the local utility company PG&E’s Elkhorn Battery Storage facility in Monterey County, California. The fire reported started at around 1:30 a.m. on September 20 according to the comm manager for PG&E, Jeff Smith. No injuries were reported at the time.
Monterey County Sheriff’s Office, North County Fire Protection District, and Pacific Gas & Electric had all issued a shelter-in-place advisory for nearby areas, including an interactive map showing which areas are affected and closing roads for over 12 hours.
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