Automaker Tesla Investigating Tesla S Explosion in China
SHANGHAI, CHINA – According to a news story posted at smh.com.au, automaker Tesla is investigating a report of a vehicle explosion that occurred in a car park in Shanghai, China. Video footage from inside the car park shows smoke coming from the hood of the Tesla vehicle right before it bursts into flames.*
The vehicle involved in the incident is a Tesla Model S. It was parked in a parking space on April 21, when suddenly, smoke started to come out from the front of the vehicle. Seconds later, the vehicle appears to explode, and flames engulf the car.
The incident happened spontaneously, without any type of collision. The video has been disseminated across Chinese media, and Tesla decided to open an investigation.
“We immediately send a team on-site, and we’re supporting local authorities to establish the facts,” Tesla said in a statement.
The incident comes on the heels of other widely publicized Tesla fires and crashes in the United States and around the world. The company has found itself in a battle to defend the safety of its vehicles against critics who say the powerful lithium-ion batteries inside the cars are a danger to drivers and passengers. More than 500,000 people currently own Tesla vehicles in the world, and the company has continued to maintain that standard gasoline vehicles are 10 times more likely to catch on fire than Tesla vehicles.
Emergency responders who have had to battle Tesla fires might disagree, however. For instance, after a February collision in Florida, firefighters had to re-respond to the site where a Tesla had been towed because the vehicle’s battery bank reignited multiple times.
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