As if things couldn’t get any worse for Elon Musk, his now infamous electric car company Tesla is under fire, quite literally.
Tesla’s GigaFactory, located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Nevada, experienced a fire break out on Saturday the 15th of September.
The fire was put out by Sunday morning, and production resumed as usual, according to Tesla car company and emergency personnel.
According to a statement by the Storey County Emergency Management department,
the county’s fire department had received a reporting of a potential fire at Tesla’s GigaFactory on Saturday at around 10:12 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
The County spokesperson further added that the fire was put out by the fire department and with the help of water sprinklers. According to the emergency department’s director, Joe Curtis, the fire had been cleared and control of the area was handed back to the electric car company for cleanup and restoration.
Musk managed to prevent further damage to his reputation, and potential lawsuits, as nobody was harmed in the fire, according to the electric car manufacturing company.
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According to Tesla’s spokesperson, the fire started in the cooling tube coating oven on the building’s third floor, but it was quickly contained from causing any further damage.
As soon as the fire had broken out, factory workers were given the go-ahead to start evacuating. The spokesperson did not care to reveal the extent of damage the fire had caused but added that an official investigation was underway.
The factory manufactures battery packs and electric motors for the Tesla 3 Model electric cars. This was the second fire in months for Tesla. Previously, a minor fire had broken out on the premises of Tesla’s California factory.
This fire has come out as a major setback for Tesla and its stockholders, further delaying production.
Just last month, Tesla had stated that it was hoping to generate around 50k to 55k Tesla Model 3 electric cars in the third quarter period of July to September.
The company was also hoping to achieve a profit in the second half of 2018. Tesla was already trying to streamline the production process as it had failed to deliver on their production deadline promises, but this incident just added fuel to the fire (pardon the pun).
The problems just keep on piling for the 47-year-old billionaire, as according to Musk, the company’s problems have transformed from production issues to delivery issues.
Musk states that the reason behind this is that a significant proportion of customers belong to North America, so customers from other parts of the world will have to wait longer.
In order to combat this bump in the road, Tesla Motors has decided to remove some color options for its electric cars. This will allow the manufacturing process to become much more efficient.
Musk came under fire recently for smoking a joint on Joe Rogan’s podcast, which left the stockholders furious. Let’s see how he gets himself out of this recent PR disaster.
Hopefully, Tesla tightens their safety precautions to prevent any further health and safety disasters in the future.