This time it was a fire.
Tesla has been facing some serious struggles in the past few months, with its Fremont factory based in California suspending production of its popular Model Y and Model 3 vehicles due to a parts supply issue. Now another tragedy has struck the facility: a fire broke out at the factory on Thursday. This comes after Tesla spent a serious amount of money upgrading the factory's paint shop back in April of 2020. According to the Fremont Fire Department, the blaze was contained within a few hours and no Telsa Employees or firefighters were injured. This news comes after a history of fires reported at the facility, which is currently under investigation for Clean Air Act violations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The Fremont fire department responded to a fire emergency at the factory on Thursday afternoon, and the fire is said to have started in an area of the factory that was under construction. The fire department said that a "deep-seated" fire was contained in a vehicle manufacturing stamping machine. According to the firefighters, the fire was caused by hydraulic fluid coming into contact with exposed molten aluminum. The Fremont factory has been a regular in the news headlines for its apparent dangerous working conditions. Tesla is more than aware of the issues facing the factory and has received notices of violation from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
In the filing, Tesla said that "The EPA is reviewing the compliance of our Fremont Factory operations with applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act, and we are working with the EPA in responding its requests for information". Currently, the Fremont factory is responsible for manufacturing the Model 3 sedan, Model S, Model X, and Model Y. Tesla is currently busy with the construction of its new Gigafactory in Austin Texas.