- Walmart filed a lawsuit against Tesla’s solar energy unit in New York state court on Tuesday.
- In the filing, Walmart claims Tesla’s solar panels caused fires on seven store roofs, causing millions of dollars in damages.
- The filing includes images of scorched roofs and significant damage.
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Walmart claims Tesla’s solar panels caused millions of dollars in damages in a new lawsuit, providing photos that appear to show scorched roofs and ruined solar panels as evidence.
On Tuesday, Walmart filed a suit accusing Tesla’s solar-energy subsidiary, then called SolarCity, of gross negligence. According to Walmart, seven stores caught on fire due to “widespread negligence” of Tesla employees that resulted in solar panels catching on fire.
The complaint includes images of scorched roofs and significant damage. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.
Scroll on to see Walmart’s evidence of Tesla’s alleged negligence.
A fire broke out on the roof of a Walmart store in Indio, California on May 29, 2018.
Walmart says that the fire resulted in $US8 million in damages.
According to Walmart, more than $US6 million worth of merchandise was destroyed.
According to the complaint, an investigation into the fire revealed a number of maintenance and installation issues.
Another fire occurred later in 2018, on the roof of another Walmart store in Yuba City, California, according to the complaint.
The fire allegedly took place after Tesla de-energised the roof. According to the filing, wires on the rooftop were still sparking when Walmart discovered the fire.
“The issues that caused that ground fault alert likely caused or contributed to the subsequent fire in the fall of 2018, revealing Tesla’s utter incompetence or callousness, or both,” the complaint continues.
According to the complaint, Walmart’s review of sites where the fires took place revealed “a troubling pattern of deficiencies, negligence, and failure to satisfy Prudent Industry Practices.”
Walmart allegedly marked hotspots with tape, preventing sunlight from reaching the panel and exacerbating the problem.
Walmart claims that Tesla’s inspectors failed to identify dangerous hotspots
“The prevalence of hotspots on the Tesla systems reflected a long-term pattern of negligence that had gone ignored for years and had not been addressed by proper maintenance procedures,” the complaint states.
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