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Tesla CEO defends electric car after fire

  • Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk defended his company's Model S that recently caught fire; he reacted after the company's shares fell and the video of the electric care burning in flames received thousands of views. 

    According to Musk, the accident was not as bad as it could have been. "Had a conventional gasoline car encountered the same object on the highway, the result could have been far worse," he said. 

    Reports suggest that the accident happened when the car struck a "large metal object" and if it were a conventional car, the gasoline would have pooled and burned the entire vehicle to the ground. 

    Musk mentioned that Tesla has only had one such incident as compared to 150,000 vehicles that catch fire every year. "This means you are five times more likely to experience a fire in a conventional gasoline car than a Tesla!" 

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