American carmaker Tesla Motors is investigating why one of its Model S 90D cars burst into flames during a test drive.
The incident happened in the south of France and nobody is understood to have been hurt.
Tesla revealed that all four passengers were able to get out of the vehicle before it exploded – one was an employee of the Californian manufacturer.
The driver of the Model S is reported to have signed up for a test drive on social media website, Facebook.
He was accelerating down the road when a ‘loud sound was heard coming from the car’.
In less than a minute, the car burst into flames and in ‘five minutes was totally destroyed’.
A statement from Tesla said: “Nobody was harmed. The vehicle provided warning and passengers were able to safely exit the vehicle.
“We are undertaking a full investigation and will share our findings as soon as possible.”
It is thought to be the fourth time a Tesla car has caught fire after two incidents were reported in the USA, and one in Mexico. The drivers in each incident escaped unharmed.
Posted : 2016-08-21
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