A Tesla Supercharger station caught fire at a Wawa in New Jersey

Alexis Georgeson/TeslaA Tesla Model S parked at a Supercharger station.
  • A TeslaSupercharger station at a Wawa store in Parsippany, New Jersey, caught fire on Sunday, CNBC‘s Lora Kolodny reported.
  • A Parsippany District 5 Fire Department representative told Business Insider that the fire came from a transformer that supplied power to Tesla’s Supercharger cabinet, which supplies power to the Supercharger stalls.
  • The transformer was part of Tesla’s equipment and received power from a transformer operated by Jersey Central Power & Light, but the representative said he did not know if the transformer that caught fire was owned and operated by Tesla.
  • Tesla’s power cabinet and Supercharger stalls did not catch fire, the representative said.
  • A Wawa representative had previously told CNBC that there was a problem with Tesla’s Supercharger cabinet.
  • A Wawa representative told the Philadelphia Inquirer in August that it had TeslaSupercharger stations at 16 of its stores and planned to double that number by the end of 2020.
  • Tesla’s Supercharger stations are a key part of the electric-car maker’s strategy to make electric-vehicle ownership easier for customers.
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A Tesla Supercharger station at a Wawa store in Parsippany, New Jersey, caught fire on Sunday, CNBC‘s Lora Kolodny reported.

A Parsippany District 5 Fire Department representative told Business Insider that the fire came from a transformer that supplied power to Tesla’s Supercharger cabinet, which supplies power to the Supercharger stalls. The transformer was part of Tesla’s equipment and received power from a transformer operated by Jersey Central Power & Light, but the representative said he did not know if the transformer that caught fire was owned and operated by Tesla. Tesla’s power cabinet and Supercharger stalls did not catch fire, the representative said.

A Wawa representative had previously told CNBC that there was a problem with Tesla’s Supercharger cabinet. The Supercharger station’s power was shut off, as of Monday, while Tesla investigated the incident, Wawa told the publication.

Wawa declined Business Insider’s request for comment and Tesla did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Jersey Central Power & Light did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Wawa representative told the Philadelphia Inquirer in August that it had Tesla Supercharger stations at 16 of its stores and planned to double that number by the end of 2020.

Tesla’s Supercharger stations are a key part of the electric-car maker’s strategy to make electric-vehicle ownership easier for customers. While electric-vehicle owners can often charge at home, longer trips can require a trip to a public charger, which are less common than gas stations.

Tesla has over 1,600 Supercharger stations with over 14,400 stalls in North America.

This story has been updated.

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