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Tesla is Looking into The Self-Igniting Case of Model S in China

2019-04-26 16:27 Friday

Tesla has sent a team to investigate a fire that appears to have been started by a Model S in a parking garage in Shanghai. The video showing a Tesla car emitted smoke before erupting into flames went viral on the Chinese social-networking platform Weibo.


Tesla confirmed the truth of the fire, which takes under an hour to extinguish. Authorities also confirmed that the fire spread to an Audi and a Lexus parked nearby. Luckily, the fire happened at midnight, no one was hurt in the accident.

In response, Tesla's official Weibo account said it the company was aware of the incident and was investigating the cause. And they are actively contacting relevant departments to understand the situation. The car's owner said the 2015 Model S was not charging at the time of the fire but had been charged a few hours prior.

The incident in Shanghai came in the wake of a lawsuit that was filed against Tesla in the US in January alleging that a defective battery pack in a Model S led to the burning death of a passenger last year in Florida.

Last week, another Model S caught fire shortly after being towed to a repair shop in Pennsylvania, despite word from Tesla that the battery had been disconnected and would not catch fire. However, there have been at least 14 instances of Tesla vehicles igniting over the past six years, most of which have occurred after a crash.

Battery fires can burn hotter and longer than those of Tesla's gasoline-powered counterparts. Tesla's own documentation for first responders says a fire in the Model S can take up to 3,000 gallons of water to establish sufficient cooling for the battery.

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