Published on December 25th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


Tesla Motors Updates Software To Prevent Electrical Disasters

December 25th, 2013 by  

You have likely heard of or seen electrical wiring ignite due to overheating. Whether the cause of that is outdated wiring, carelessness, or rats, the presence of a good protection device is worth its weight in gold.

According to Green Car Reports, Tesla Motors recently updated its software to automatically reduce the current the vehicle draws from power outlets if there appears to be a wiring fault, since some wiring faults can cause fires. It will reduce the current by 25%.

Tesla Model S with Supercharger in Norway. Image Credit: Tesla Motors.

According to Tesla Motors, the software update will “…help protect you even when a problem exists that is outside of the car or charging electronics,” and it should “significantly increase robustness and safety.”

This may have been a response to the most recent Tesla Model S fire incident. However, whether or not the fire was caused by the Model S (something Tesla contends), it is a reminder that over-current and overheating protection is critical.

Image Credit: Tesla Motors

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  • sandy222

    Unbelievable response. Unbelievable technology. Unbelievable car!
    All believable. All here today.

    • Bob_Wallace

      With your no-letter-t stance shouldn’t you have posted –

      “Unbelievable response. Unbelievable echnology. Unbelievable car!
      All believable. All here oday.”?

      • sandy222

        You need new glasses if you think tha’s a “T”! 🙂
        Good joke at my expense hough! Merry Chrismas.

        • Bob_Wallace

          It’s a truncated “f”?

        • Matt

          Sorry but that is exactly what my 11 year old ask. Daddy what do people do at the T building?

  • Bob_Wallace

    A bit more context would be helpful.

    There was a garage fire. A Tesla S was plugged in and charging.

    Initial reports find that the fire was not caused by the Tesla or its charger. There was apparently a problem with the building’s wiring. I don’t think the exact nature of the problem has been determined.

    The fire apparently started on “behind the outlet”. Something like a short and malfunctioning circuit breaker could allow a wire to become hot enough to start a fire.

  • Johnny Le

    If you don’t know for sure whether the model S was caused the fire, you shouldn’t have said “the most recent Tesla Model S fire incident.” That’s an unfair statement.

    • Matt

      Also read the correctly spelled words to see if that is what you are trying to say. Bet it is “something Tesla contests” or maybe “something Tesla contends is false” but not “something Tesla contends”

      contends – assert something as a position in an argument
      contests – oppose (an action, decision, or theory) as mistaken or wrong.

      At least last I saw, Tesla had not claimed the fire was its fault.

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