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Tesla Supercharger fire: Police can’t find a problem with the charger and “released” it, but it’s still offline

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Five days ago a Tesla Model S caught fire while plugged-in at a Supercharger in Gjerstad, Norway. When we first reported on the event last week, Tesla said that nobody was harmed and they are undergoing a full investigation.

The investigation is not over, but today we learn that local police released the scene of the Supercharger after not being able to find a problem with the fast-charging station.

It doesn’t mean that the Supercharger is not the cause of the fire, but that the Police couldn’t determine it was.

The police had taken over the scene since Friday to make sure it wasn’t a danger to the public, but they released it to ‘crime technical examination’ on Tuesday.

The local chief of police said while talking to Norwegian news:

“We wouldn’t have released it had we found anything wrong with it.”

The Supercharger will remain offline while the technical examination is ongoing and Tesla has employees on site to assist the authorities involved in the investigation.

The Brokelandsheia Supercharger will now be marked as closed on the Model S’ navigation system so that drivers don’t include it in their charging plans when travelling.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available about the incident. Previous coverage:

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  1. MorinMoss - 7 years ago

    What about where the fire started? In the charger, cabin, or battery pack?

    • Fred Lambert - 7 years ago

      we know next to nothing as of now.


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