Posted October 19, 2018 06:18:51 The driver of a Tesla electric bus in rural Michigan has been fired after being shot in the leg, and police say it is still unclear what the motive for the shooting is.
Vw Electric, a bus company owned by Tesla, said the driver, Ryan Worsley, was working late on Monday night when a gunman opened fire on the bus.
Worsleys body was taken to the hospital for surgery and his condition has not been released, the company said in a statement.
The driver has been charged with aggravated assault and discharging a firearm on a school property.
The bus was being driven by a couple from St. Charles, Michigan, when the shooting occurred.
Tesla, which makes its electric buses by installing batteries and chargers in their own vehicles, has faced mounting scrutiny over safety in the past year.
In September, an investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission found Tesla buses were not equipped with seat belts and had a high rate of accidents.
Last week, the California Transportation Commission issued a report detailing some of the safety concerns about the electric buses, but said it did not have sufficient information to recommend their use in schools.
In an email to The Associated Press on Monday, Vw said Worsons injuries were not life-threatening, but that he had suffered “a slight leg injury” while driving.
He said the bus was on the way to a wedding and that Worsers condition was not known.
“We do not have any information to say he was shot or that the driver was involved in an altercation,” the company wrote.
A Tesla spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
The incident comes at a time of heightened scrutiny over the safety of the electric bus industry.
Two months ago, an Oregon teenager, Joshua Haines, was killed when a Tesla bus crashed into a utility pole and rolled onto a hillside in a suburb of Portland.
On Friday, a Florida man was killed in a crash involving an electric bus while it was stopped in an intersection.