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TechnologyAmazon Joins Walmart in Saying Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire

03:40  24 august  2019
03:40  24 august  2019 Source:   msn.com

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(Bloomberg) -- Walmart Inc. isn’t the only corporation that has seen its Tesla Inc. solar panels catch fire.

Amazon Joins Walmart in Saying Tesla Solar Panels Caught Fire© Bloomberg Signage is displayed above a solar canopy at a Tesla Inc. Supercharger station in Kettleman City, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Electric vehicles have been adopted rapidly in California, compared to the rest of the U.S., accounting for about 44% of total sales in 2018.

On Friday, Amazon.com Inc. said a June 2018 blaze on the roof of one of its warehouses in Redlands, California, involved a solar panel system that Tesla’s SolarCity division had installed. The Seattle-based retail giant said by email that it has since taken steps to protect its facilities and has no plans to install more Tesla systems.

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At the Walmart in El Paso, Serving Shoppers Meant Saving Them The El Paso Walmart store manager, Robert Evans, was taking a break outside when he heard the first shots. He saw one person fall to the ground in the parking lot, then another. Girls on a soccer team who were collecting donations by the store’s front door started running and screaming. Then Mr. Evans saw the gunman walking through the parking lot toward the store. He was wearing ear protectors and held a military-style rifle, pointed upward as he reloaded. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); “His face was determined,” Mr.

News of the Amazon fire comes just three days after Walmart dropped a bombshell lawsuit against Tesla, accusing it of shoddy panel installations that led to fires at more than a half-dozen stores. The claims threaten to further erode Tesla’s solar business at a time when the company is fighting to gain back market share.

More widely known for its electric cars, Tesla bought panel installer SolarCity three years ago in a $2 billion deal that proved highly controversial. SolarCity’s chief executive officer at the time is the cousin of Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

In the complaint filed Tuesday, Walmart said it had leased or licensed roof space at more than 240 stores to Tesla’s energy unit. Two of the Walmart fires occurred in May 2018. Amazon said it has a very small number of solar systems installed by Tesla.

Dan Stevens Joins Netflix Comedy ‘Eurovision’

Dan Stevens Joins Netflix Comedy ‘Eurovision’ “Legion” star Dan Stevens has joined the cast of Netflix feature “Eurovision,” alongside Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams and Pierce Brosnan. The British actor, who made his name in “Downton Abbey” and recently finished a three-year run on FX’s “X-Men” spin-off “Legion” from Noah Hawley, will play Alexander Lemtov, a Russian contestant taking part in the Eurovision song contest. © Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock The comedy, which is co-written by Ferrell with Andrew Steele, reunites Ferrell and McAdams with “Wedding Crashers” director David Dobkin.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but said earlier on Friday that it had discovered flaws in a part that the company had used in some of its systems. The part known as a “connector,” manufactured by Amphenol Corp., led to “failures and disconnections at a higher rate than our standards allow,” Tesla said in an emailed statement. The company has worked to replace it.

Amphenol did not respond to a request for comment.

--With assistance from Brian Eckhouse.

To contact the reporters on this story: Dana Hull in San Francisco at dhull12@bloomberg.net;Matt Day in Seattle at mday63@bloomberg.net

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