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Tesla Updates Battery Software Following Car Fires

May 21, 2019

HONG KONG, CHINA – According to an online news report at, the car manufacturer Tesla is upgrading its battery system software following vehicle fires that have not been explained.

The update to the software, which will be sent wirelessly to all Model X and Model S vehicles across the world, seeks to protect the battery and improve its longevity.   This change comes after a Tesla caught fire in Hong Kong on Sunday, May 12, 2019. This is the second time a Tesla caught on fire in the recent weeks.  

In April, video footage demonstrates that a Model S appeared to explode at a car park in Shanghai, leading the company to conduct an investigation of the incident with Chinese authorities.  

Tesla has indicated that it sent a team of investigators to the site of the Hong Kong fire to look into the cause of the incident.  The Hong Kong fire department has confirmed that a vehicle caught fire at a shopping mall parking lot.    The make and model of the vehicle has not been released to the public.  According to the news report, “Tesla added that while it was still working to determine the cause of the fire, it had found that ‘a few battery modules were affected.’"

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles," noted the company spokesperson.  Tesla maintains that electric vehicles are much less likely to catch fire than their gas powered counterparts.  The company provides that Teslas “are ten times less likely to experience a fire than a gas car.” The company further notes that its battery packs are designed "so that in the very rare instance a fire does occur, it spreads very slowly and vents heat away from the cabin, alerting occupants that there is an issue and giving them enough time to exit the vehicle."

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