Tesla updates battery software after third Model S burns while parked

Cornelia Mascio
Mag 18, 2019

Tesla Inc will update its battery software after two recent fires involving its Model S electric vehicles (EV) in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the USA automaker said on Thursday, adding that investigations into the incidents are ongoing.

The company said it's acting "out of an abundance of caution", insisting the vehicles are 10 times less likely to experience a blaze than their gas-fueled equivalents.

Reuters reports that the Model S 85 was parked in the city's San Po Kong District for roughly 30 minutes before it caught fire.

The fire in Hong Kong comes just a few weeks after a Model S was filmed exploding while parked in a Shanghai parking lot.

In relation to the incident in Hong Kong, it said: "Our team was onsite to offer support to our customer and establish the facts of this incident". Tesla said in a statement on Wednesday.

Last month, Tesla said it was investigating a video on Chinese social media that appeared to show one of its vehicles bursting into flames in Shanghai. Tesla earlier confirmed it was examining an incident in Shanghai after a auto bearing the company's logo was shown in an April social media video emitting smoke before bursting into flames.

There have been at least 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, majority following a crash.

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