The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun an investigation into a Tesla crash that killed two teenagers and injured another, according to the Green Car Report. The 2014 Tesla Model S, was reported to have run off the road, hitting a concrete wall, and catching on fire. It killed the two teenagers inside the car while injecting the third from the vehicle. The accident happened in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The driver of the vehicle, Barrett Riley, and passenger Edgar Monserratt were both killed in the incident. According to police reports, speed may have been a factor in the accident, and there is no reason to believe the AutoPilot was the cause. The police did say; they are investigating the Tesla’s battery pack to understand what caused the car to burst into flames so quickly.
The Tesla vehicles incorporate a cylindrical lithium-cobalt aluminum battery. The battery is mounted on the car’s floor extending the width of the vehicle. This is a similar arrangement that is used in most electric cars. Lithium-ion batteries are known to be highly flammable, which has caused automakers to build a barrier around them for protection as well as using a cooling system to keep temperature sustainable.
Tesla’s batteries pass all federal safety and crash test standards in the U.S. and other markets.