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Tesla Battery Fire at PG&E Site Shuts Iconic California Highway

  • PG&E says a single Tesla Megapack caught fire early morning
  • Site has history of batteries overheating, shutting down
Batteries at a storage system in Moss Landing, California.
Batteries at a storage system in Moss Landing, California.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

PG&E Corp. said a Tesla Inc. battery at the utility’s massive Moss Landing energy storage site caught fire early Tuesday, with the blaze shutting down a nearby stretch of California’s famed Highway 1.

California’s largest utility said the fire involved a single Tesla Megapack, and it was working with firefighters to keep the blaze from spreading. The battery storage facility in Monterey County has been disconnected from the grid, and the incident has not triggered blackouts, PG&E said in an emailed statement. No injuries have been reported.