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Porsche Taycan Burns Down In Florida: What Has Caused The Blast?

Inside EVs logo Inside EVs 2/18/2020 Gustavo Henrique Ruffo
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The German company is already aware of the incident, which is under investigation.

The video is one of the last pieces of information that are left about the first Porsche Taycan fire. According to it, the incident would have happened in Florida and would have ruined not only the car but also the garage in which it was. The tweet that talked about it, from the VWCHARTS profile, was erased, as well as the Twitter account. Yet, some pieces are still out there, like the video above. And you may help us put them together.

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These cars started catching fire spontaneously – even inside the factory parking lot, as above – due to an engine mapping error that caused the engines to blow up, dropping oil over the heated exhaust pipes. Chevrolet had to recall 19,050 vehicles due to the issue. And that was newsworthy not only in Brazil but also abroad, which should end the lousy argument that the press does not cover ICE fires.

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Although electric cars exist for ages, lithium-ion batteries and electronics have made them viable only very recently. There is a massive expectation that they are not just as safe as a regular car: they must be safer to stand as a compelling business case and attract potential buyers. When anything like a fire happens to them, people want to know why and they have the right to.

In other words, any such episode is not detrimental solely to the brand, but to the EV cause as a whole. We were relieved to see at least one forum user – S4WRXTTCS – knew that. We have no idea who this person is, but Darth Vader would say, "common sense is strong with this one."

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That said, this is something we have to cover as much as we spoke of a Hyundai Kona fire in Canada and a BMW i3 in Toluca Lake. They still have not been clarified.

Back to the EV Porsche's case, the video above presents the remains of the Taycan and the garage. We can see a large cable over the car structure, but it seems to come from the roof. Wall chargers usually have cables hanging, well, on the walls. The own roof has its structure wholly exposed, and we would have nothing but the word of the person that made the video to confirm it was a Taycan if it was not for another Twitter user, Nafnlaus.

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We already mentioned this anonymous profile when it came out with the information that the Model Y had massive cast parts. This time, it has interacted with the VWCHARTS' original tweet to confirm the car was really a Taycan.

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In the pictures above, you can see Nafnlaus uses the wheel that appears on the video and some of the body structures to confirm it is really the first EV Porsche produced. The screenshots of his interaction are still on the internet. This is the last tweet he posted about the incident.

 

Considering Nafnlaus seems to know quite a bit about car bodies and structures, and how well based are his tweets, there would not be any reason for us to doubt it is really a Taycan, probably one of the very first to reach customer’s hands.

When we were about to publish this article, Porsche Germany answered our message asking for more details. This is the official statement from the company:

"Porsche confirms that on Sunday (February 16th, 2020), a Taycan was involved in a fire at a residential address in the US. The vehicle and the cause of the incident are currently being examined. We ask for your understanding that we cannot discuss details until the investigation has been completed."

As you can see, it was indeed a Taycan, and the fire occurred on February 16, but the company does not mention where the burst happened. As most info we gathered is correct, we assume it was really in South Florida. If you know the car owner or have more information, feel free to share it with us.

We have asked Porsche to keep us posted on what could have caused the issue, and we'll write a new article as soon as we have all the information available.

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