Technically, these are now classics, so this sucks.

When Tesla CEO Elon Musk first revealed the new-generation Tesla Roadster to the world, we were in awe of its almost supernatural-like performance and stunning looks. As time passes, and competitors such as the Rimac Nevera make headlines for breaking world records, the Tesla Roadster is fading into the background. Musk recently tried to explain why the Roadster will only be ready by 2023, and mostly blamed the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage and the state of the world in general. This might be sad news for Tesla fans, but a recent tragic accident at Gruber Motors in Arizona has destroyed dozens of original Tesla Roadsters, and that's a real tragedy.

Phoenix Firefighters are battling a 2nd alarm fire with hazardous materials in north Phoenix early this morning. pic.twitter.com/hIm23eXPYh

— Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) October 16, 2021

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The fire which struck the location over the weekend destroyed at least 25 original Tesla Roadsters before firefighters could bring the blaze under control. Company CEO Peter Gruber made a statement grieving the loss of these special cars.

“Along with the entire Tesla community, we grieve the loss of over 30 Teslas that perished in our shop, which is dedicated to normally preserving and credited with saving hundreds of [this] rare and dying breed of first-generation EVs.”

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time an incident of this kind has taken place at the business. In 2017, a similar fire consumed 5 Tesla Roadsters and an AC Propulsion tzero. “As with a previous fire we had in May of 2017, this fire again consumed the entire building and all its contents, which illustrate(s) the potent nature of Lithium-Ion vehicles once they ignite,” said Gruber. Electric vehicles have proven to be volatile at times (just ask any Chevy Bolt EV owner), and fire departments across the country have warned of the dangers and high cost of putting out EV fires.


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Gruber Motors specializes in fixing the 'bricking' issue on Tesla Roadsters by replacing only dead cells and modules instead of doing a full battery replacement, which explains why so many of these EV sports cars were on the premises at once. As car people ourselves, we feel for all the owners who have lost their cars, and so does Gruber: “Talking to each of you, I am again reminded how cherished these cars are, how much they meant to you, and what a special place they carved out in automotive history. You all have my sincerest apologies and I feel your pain, having lost three in this mishap as well. I wish it was otherwise”.

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