2013 Tesla Model S Owner Walks Away From Crash and Fire, Company Says


  • 2013 Tesla Model S Picture

    2013 Tesla Model S Picture

    The owner of a 2013 Tesla Model S was not hurt in a crash and fire on October 18 in Mexico. | October 29, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • An unidentified 2013 Tesla Model S owner walked away from a crash and fire earlier this month in Mexico, the automaker told Edmunds.
  • "We were able to contact the driver quickly and are pleased that he is safe," wrote Liz Jarvis-Shean, a Tesla spokeswoman, in response to an e-mailed query.
  • She characterized the crash as "a significant accident."

PALO ALTO, California — An unidentified 2013 Tesla Model S owner walked away from a crash and fire earlier this month in Mexico, the automaker told Edmunds.

"We were able to contact the driver quickly and are pleased that he is safe," wrote Liz Jarvis-Shean, a Tesla spokeswoman, in response to an e-mailed query. "This was a significant accident where the car was traveling at such a high speed that it smashed through a concrete wall and then hit a large tree, yet the driver walked away from the car with no permanent injury.

"He is appreciative of the safety and performance of the car and has asked if we can expedite delivery of his next Model S."

The crash happened on October 18 near Merida, Mexico, according to media reports. The location was confirmed by Tesla.

This is the second high-profile crash of the electric Model S this month. In an October 1 incident on a highway in Washington state, a Model S struck metal debris that pierced its lithium-ion battery pack, according to Tesla and local police. The crash started a fire in the battery pack.

Robert Carlson, the owner of the car, said in a blog post on the Tesla Web site that "the car performed very well under such an extreme test" and noted that he is "still a big fan."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Carlson wants a new Model S to replace the damaged one.

Edmunds says: There have now been two serious accidents involving the Model S, a luxury car that is being closely watched because of its electric underpinnings. The good news is that no one was hurt in either case.

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