Video Shows Tesla Model S Blowing Up in a Shanghai Parking Lot

24 April, 2019, 14:53 | Author: Frank Williams
  • A Nio ES8 is on display at a new Nio store in Shanghai on Apr. 11 2019

"Based on current information, no one was hurt", Tesla wrote on Weibo, the main Chinese social media site.

In a separate, unrelated incident, Tesla's rival in China, Nio, said in a social media post that an ES8 electric sport utility vehicle caught fire on Monday in a Nio service centre in the central city of Xian while under fix. "From what we know now, no one was harmed", a Tesla spokesperson told CNN Business on Monday. It's not apparent from the video why the Model S began smoking and caught fire.

Footage of the Tesla billowing smoke before bursting into flames, caught on the carpark's CCTV cameras, quickly went viral on social media platforms across the country, prompting auto owners to question the safety of Tesla and other new energy vehicles.

"We're actively contacting and cooperating with relevant departments to learn more about the incident".

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An alleged aftermath video of the Shanghai explosion has also appeared on social media showing not only the Tesla completely destroyed but the cars parked near it fully consumed by the fire. The viral clip shows the vehicle, parked next to an Audi, catching fire at a parking area in Shanghai, China. In 2018, a Model S in the U.S. self-combusted multiple times while in park mode.

Tesla has previously said that gasoline-powered cars are 10 times more likely to catch fire than those powered by electric batteries.

Elon Musk is yet to comment on the event but did just unveil plans for its own autonomous vehicle ride-sharing service during the Tesla Autonomy Investment Day.

Tesla's Chinese ambitions have also been hampered by the trade war between Washington and Beijing.

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