Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
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Tesla electric vehicle bursts into flames after hitting tow truck in Moscow

Tesla electric vehicle bursts into flames after hitting tow truck in Moscow

The driver of the Model 3 told a Russian TV website he was using the electric vehicle's auto pilot system when he hit a stopped tow truck on a highway. According to reports, two small explosions happened shortly after the crash and the metal frame of the vehicle was the only remaining parts of the auto after the fire.

The company stood by safety claims for its Model 3 last week in the face of regulatory scrutiny, while documents showed the top US automotive safety watchdog issued at least five subpoenas since a year ago seeking information about crashes involving the company's vehicles. In March, a Tesla owner in Florida fatally crashed his Model 3 into a semi truck.

In yet another shocking moment, Tesla was captured burning in flames after the vehicle faced fatal collision with a tow truck in Moscow, Russia.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has defended Tesla electric vehicles, saying that the cars are less likely to catch on fire than regular cars with combustion engines. Tretyakoc suffered a broken leg while his children came away from the accident with bruises, according to local media reports.

Tretyakov stated that he was driving at approximately 100km per hour (62 mph) when the left side of the vehicle collided with the stationary tow truck that he had not seen.

All three escaped the vehicle before the blast.

Tesla's Model 3 sedan.

In other incidents Tesla vehicles have burst into flames due to electrical faults, as was the case in an incident involving a Model S in a Shanghai parking garage earlier this year.

In the latest report it said a Tesla fire had occurred for every 170 million miles travelled between 2012 and 2018 compared to a petrol-powered vehicle fire for every 19 million miles travelled in the United States in the same period. The lawsuit was filed in Northern California federal court and claimed fraud and sought class-action status for the possibly thousands of Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X owners all over the world who have experienced that the range of their older batteries unexpectedly curtailed by as much as 64 km or 40 miles.

Tesla was not available for comment outside of business hours when Reuters reached out.

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