Electric cars up in flames: A list

4. A Tesla driver recounts a near brush with death.

A Tennessee Tesla Model S driver pulled over his car and got out just minutes before it caught on fire. As he was driving, a warning sign on the dashboard had alerted him: “Car needs service. Car may not restart.” The car then flashed this message: “Please pull over safely. Car is shutting down.” He followed the prompt and pulled off the highway. “The experience does not in any way make me think that the Tesla Model S is an unsafe car,” the driver said, noting that the car had provided him with warnings he deemed adequate. “I would buy another one in a heartbeat.”