A Tesla Supercharger station in Wawa convenience store in New Jersey caught fire yesterday after an issue in in one of Tesla’s cabinets. The car company is now reportedly looking into the incident.
The chain of convenience stores Wawa has been partnered with Tesla to provide their Tesla-owning customers with charging stations at 16 of its locations. In the future, it’s looking to grow this to 30 stations supporting the nationwide charging network.
But yesterday, an issue at a New Jersey store caused a fire, with a Wawa spokesperson telling CNBC:
“Tesla had an issue with their cabinet and the power has been shut off while they are investigating. Our store was unaffected as it is on a completely separate power line.”
As you can see from the photo below, the fire department arrived at the scene and were able to efficiently and quickly extinguish the fire. Thankfully, there were no injuries at the scene.
This could very well be the first fire to occur at a Tesla Supercharger, with previous fires being limited to Tesla cars. Despite this, it shouldn’t be taken out of perspective. Each year there are 5,000 fires at gas stations across America according to the National Fire Protection Association, which causes “48 civilian injuries, 2 civilian deaths, and $20 million in property damage every year”.
Of course, there are massively less charging stations than gas stations, but this is a rarity and should be considered as such.