The owner very recently took delivery.
The Porsche Taycan only began to arrive in US dealerships in December and one has already caught on fire. Exact details are still a bit sketchy at the moment, but here's what we know. A brand new Taycan caught on fire at the South Florida home of its owner this past Sunday, resulting in the complete loss of the car and significant damage to the house. Interestingly, images of the aftermath were posted on Twitter but have since been taken down for unknown reasons. Fortunately, a video showing the damage is still available which can be viewed below.
As you can clearly see, there's hardly anything left to the Taycan itself. Its frame still exists (somewhat) but the rest, including the interior, is completely charred. It's even a bit hard to tell this was a Taycan prior to the fire. The intensity of the heat nearly melted the tires as well.
The fire damage to the garage is also quite extensive but appears to be repairable. CarBuzz reached out to Porsche about the incident and spokesman Calvin Kim told us the following: "We are investigating and we remain ready to assist if called upon. We are relieved to hear that no one was harmed in this incident and it's too early to speculate on the cause until the investigation has concluded."
Instances of all-electric vehicles catching fire, including Teslas, is nothing new. Previous cases of Teslas going up in flames were investigated by both the automaker and federal safety authorities. The results showed the cause originated in the battery pack. In other words, the batteries overheated. But until this specific case is thoroughly investigated, it would be unfair to assign blame.
It's certainly possible the Taycan was not the cause of the fire but there are reports the owner's neighbors claimed of hearing an explosion. What can also be considered a little disturbing is the fact there are still very few Taycans on the road. Only one catching on fire (allegedly) is a potentially troubling sign.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire but the damage is evident.