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Tesla CEO defends electric after battery fire

Motors Inc CEO Elon Musk about Tesla’s new battery program in Hawthorne, California in June 20, 2013, file

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DETROIT — Elon Musk, the executive of Tesla Motors Inc ( ), defended the safety performance of cars on Friday, three after a battery fire in a Model S helped sparked a in the automaker’s market value.

For concerned about fire there should be absolutely doubt that it is safer to a car with a battery than a gas-powered vehicle, Musk in a blog post on Tesla’s

Tesla shares fell than 5 percent this the sharpest weekly decline mid-August, after images and a emerged Wednesday of a Model S on after an accident near Tuesday morning.

The fire after the driver struck a metal object on the highway. The punched a hole three in diameter through the quarter-inch plate protecting the battery with a peak force of 25 tons, Musk said.

The system onboard the Model S the driver to pull over and he the vehicle before the fire out. There were no

The video of the burning car was posted Wednesday by auto blog and has been widely disseminated by media. News of the accident a sharp decline in the company’s on Wednesday and Thursday.

Shares Friday and were up 4.4 percent at on the Nasdaq.

The accident that led to the stemmed from a highly occurrence, Tesla’s head of and service, Jerome Guillen, in an email exchange with the of the damaged Model S that was with Musk’s post

Guillen said the Model S over a large, oddly metal object which hit the edge of the car’s undercarriage and rotated into its underside. described this as the pole effect.

The driver, identified by the emails as Rob said he was a Tesla investor and the battery underwent a controlled that was exaggerated by images

I guess you can test for everything, but other celestial bullet along and challenges your Carlson wrote in the email.

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A metal object that off a semi-trailer likely caused the to the car, Musk said. If a car hit the same object on the highway, the could have been far he added.


A typical gasoline car only has a metal sheet protecting the leaving it vulnerable to destruction of the supply lines or fuel which causes a pool of to form and often burn the car to the ground, Musk wrote in his post.

Musk did not say if Tesla make any changes to the Model S design as a result of the accident. A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an question asking if such were under consideration.

The was the latest in a string of problems for batteries, which are used in electric cars sold by automakers. Such batteries are and more powerful than and nickel-metal hydride batteries, but pose an increased safety

This was Tesla’s first fire. General Motors Chevrolet Volt and Mitsubishi’s ( ) i-MiEV have faced problems in the last couple of Boeing Co ( BA.N ) also with lithium-ion battery in its new Dreamliner plane earlier year.

Emergency officials at accident said firefighters to extinguish the flames in the Model S.

said in his blog post firefighters were right to use to douse the fire, but they in puncturing the battery’s metal Doing so created holes allowed the flames to vent into the front section of the

(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; reporting by Ben Klayman; editing by Lewis and Andrew Hay)

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