Car Fires in China Spur Investigations by Tesla, Its Rival NIO

27 April, 2019, 02:46 | Author: Gerard Cortez
  • The cause of the explosion could not be immediately ascertained from the videos

The video clip has understandably caused concern among Tesla owners. In fact, the vehicle had supercharged just hours before the fire.

There have been previous reports of incidents of Tesla vehicles malfunctioning, including a series of Model S cars bursting into fire in 2013.

Tesla's Weibo account was quick to reply to the incident, stating that they have 'dispatched a team to the scene last night as soon as possible.

You can find out more information on the change coming to the Tesla Model S and Model X cars at the link below.

According to news agency Bloomberg, there were at least 40 fire-related incidents in China in 2018 involving "new-energy" vehicles, which includes electrics, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles.

Electric vehicles should in theory be no less safe than gasoline powered vehicles, which often drive around carrying gallons of highly flammable liquid hydrocarbons on board.

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The new Model S can now get 370 miles on a single charge, while the Model X steps up to 325 miles thanks to an all-new drivetrain design. Instead, the larger sedan can now recharge at rates of 145-150 kW on existing V2 superchargers and 200 kW on V3 Superchargers, dropping charging times from 37 minutes to 26.

Tesla is now in the process of building its first factory in China at a site near Shanghai. Huang, a fan of Tesla chief Elon Musk, spent one million yuan (US$150,000) for the sleek hatchback auto in 2016.

In March, Tesla was also on the receiving end of a labelling mix-up at Shanghai customs that led to a temporary suspension of clearance for a batch of Model 3 cars. "From what we know, no one was harmed", the official added.

"I think it's important to look into instances of electric vehicles catching on fire seemingly on their own-without a crash".

While performance and range clearly matters to many EV buyers, others are more focused on price, and Tesla is essentially reversing a move it made this past January when it dropped its Standard Range models, also known as the 75D.

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