Tesla spontaneously combusts in Shanghai parking garage

27 April, 2019, 02:48 | Author: Frank Williams
  • Tesla Model S Explodes in China Electric Car Burst Into Flames in Parking Lot Investigation Underway

While the company said shortly after that such fires are a rare occurrence, the battery is designed so that if they do happen, they spread slowly, giving "occupants have plenty of time to get out of the auto". The cause of the explosion is still unknown.

"The vehicle fire is just another data point of continued difficulties", Roth Capital analyst Craig Irwin wrote in an email.

The fire not only destroyed the auto completely, but also damaged the vehicles parked around it, as it can be seen in the video below, which was filmed in the aftermath of the incident.

"After finding out about this incident in Shanghai, we immediately sent a team to the scene". For now, there isn't a simple explanation as to why this happened, but Tesla has confirmed it is investigating to figure out what exactly went wrong.

Deliveries dropped last quarter by nearly 30,000 cars from the preceding period as the US shrank tax incentives and amid delays in shipments to consumers in Europe and China.

China has been pushing for more alternatively-powered cars to clean up its air and drive growth in new industries, and the nation already boasts one of the world's largest electric vehicle populations. In March, another Model S burst into flames in Guangzhou; it was not being charged at the time, and had previously suffered no accidents. "We are actively contacting relevant departments and supporting the verification". Import tariffs resulting from the trade war with the United States have seen Tesla prices in China fluctuate wildly.

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Unfortunately for Tesla, this isn't the first time one of its cars has caught fire out of nowhere.

Tesla is now in the process of building its first factory in China at a site near Shanghai. "From what we know now, no one was harmed", a Tesla spokesperson told CNN Business on Monday.

The video has emerged just as Tesla determined to increase investment in China, the company's biggest overseas market.

Tesla has yet to make an official statement that would detail exactly what caused its vehicles to spontaneously combust for no reason.

The company is expected to host an Autonomy Day later at its headquarters in Palo Alto, focusing on its autonomous driving system.

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