thecarchik writes "Talk about jumping the gun. People all over the web are freaking out about a Tesla Model S catching fire after hitting a *metal object* in the road this week. People are sharing videos like wildfire, that's causing Tesla's stock price to plunge, and EV forums are hopping mad. But let's remain calm for a second and remember some essential truths. Cars sometimes catch fire when they crash. The Tesla Model S is--surprise--a car. So what's the big deal? Storing a lot of energy in a small space is a prerequisite for any car, and that stored energy can be dangerous in certain circumstances. When things outside of normal operating parameters occur (say, a metal object crashing into the car), that energy can escape--sometimes in violent ways. This is true no matter whether the car runs on gas, electricity, nuclear power, you name it. So let's all take a breath and realize that this sort of thing happens every day."