Porsche Electric Prototype Catches Fire

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 4

Porsche Logo Surrounded by the Colors of a Flame

Porsche Logo Surrounded by the Colors of a Flame

On June 25, an electrified Porsche prototype “caught fire while parked in an employee’s garage,” reports Bloomberg.

It's Only a Guess, But We'd Assume It Was a 918 Spyder That Ignited

It’s Only a Guess, But We’d Assume It Was a 918 Spyder That Ignited

The fire occurred in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Achim Schneider, a spokesperson for the Volkswagen AG, told Bloomberg that the damages were “less than 1 million euros” or $1.3 million US.

It’s not clear which of Porsche’s electrified prototypes went up in smoke, but Schneider did say that the fire was not related to the vehicle’s powertrain technology.  We do know that the vehicle involved is not in production yet.

Combining our knowledge of Porsche’s upcoming electrified offerings with the damage estimate, we’d guess it was the plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder that was ablaze.

No additional details are available at this time and we don’t expect Porsche to further discuss this matter.

Source: Bloomberg

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4 responses to "Porsche Electric Prototype Catches Fire"

  1. Josh says:

    My guess (without any real information) is the failure will be found in the house wiring/EVSE. I think the house is the most vulnerable part of the charging system. Too bad to burn up such a nice car. Hopefully that does not slow down Porsche’s plug-in plans.

    Just a warning to all current and potential plug-in owners… use certified electricians, make sure the work is done to code, and get dedicated breakers for your EVSE. It is the same advice as installing a dryer, A/C, or any other high power appliance.

  2. Anon says:

    Not surprised. Volkswagen Group ( Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, MAN, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, Škoda and Volkswagen) has a mixed history with vehicle electrification… At least outwardly, they appear to have some problems with higher management supporting it, and engineers who know how to deal with the nuances of the new technology.

  3. Just_chris says:

    Assuming that it is not to do with the power train but that the fire originated in the car my suspicion is that the origins of the fire where either due to someone messing about, a very stupid design problem or something that relates to components found in other models.

    There is a possibility that it is a combination of all three, like someone driving the car like a hoon, which then set fire to the carbon composite brake pads which in turn set fire to the magnesium alloy wheels or brake calipers. Whatever happen, the tank of highly flammable fuel, the flammable carbon body panels or the magnesium alloy components probably didn’t help once things got going.

    If you built a car out of wood people would not be surprised when it caught fire yet they are always shocked when a car made of plastic and charcoal goes up.

  4. Dave K. says:

    And thousands of ICE cars catch fire every year, and no one thinks twice! This is down in the last few decades because we have 100 years of ICE development to build on, back in the ’70s burned up cars were a common sight on the freeway, not so much now. All in all an EV has to be less prone to fire than a car with flammable liquids onboard, but the risk is not zero, and probably never will be.