Tesla Model S Catches Fire In Hong Kong Parking Lot Prompting Battery Update

A Tesla Model S reportedly caught fire in a parking lot in Hong Kong on Sunday and the car manufacturer has already rolled out an over-the-air battery software update to try and prevent similar incidents in the future.

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. Three explosions were reportedly captured on CCTV footage and the car was not plugged in at the time of the fire.

Local authorities are said to be investigating the case but that hasn’t stopped Tesla itself getting the jump and already taking action, Tech Crunch reports.

On Tuesday, the Calfironian electric car manufacturer announced that it is introducing a software update to change battery charge and thermal management settings in the Model S and Model X. Tesla has yet to determine the cause of the fire in Hong Kong and doesn’t yet know if there are any issues with the battery pack.

Also Read: Tesla Model S Seems To Self-Combust While Sitting In A Parking Lot

“We currently have well over half a million vehicles on the road, which is more than double the number that we had at the beginning of last year, and Tesla’s team of battery experts uses that data to thoroughly investigate incidents that occur and understand the root cause,” the company said in a statement. “Although fire incidents involving Tesla vehicles are already extremely rare and our cars are 10 times less likely to experience a fire than a gas car, we believe the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero.”

“As we continue our investigation of the root cause, out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will begin rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity,” Tesla confirmed.

The update will not be made available to the Tesla Model 3.

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

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  • Mr. EP9

    It does make me wonder what’s causing this.

  • Exotics

    Its super duper crazy how against these news media outlets are against Tesla.

    If you type in car fires on google all you see are the Tesla fire articles first which are ant sized compared to all the regular gas cars that catch on fire daily.

    Tesla = click.

    Anything they can do to try and make Tesla seem bad. Hilarious and very sad. So many sh*thead humans living on this planet

    • D3X

      It might be the media pouncing on it, but the issue of batteries being extremely flammable is a matter of fact. A legitimate concern. Tesla has been shoving the issue under the rug and they have been downplaying the issue of ‘death by fire’ by counteracting it with “safest car” statements. Gasoline cars are way less flammable despite having a flammable substance and don’t instantly combust in accidents. Sudden combustion as recorded in this article is pretty serious.

      • SHOVING IT UNDER THE RUG? AFTER THE FIRST FIRE FROM DEBRIS PIERCING THE BATTERY THEY RETROFITTED CARS WITH A THICKER BATTERY SHIELD. THEY ARE SENDING OUT AN UPDATE VERY QUICKLY AFTER THIS INCIDENT.

        THEY KNOW PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO PISS ON THEIR PARADE AND SEEM TO ACT PRETTY DAMN FAST WHEN THESE THINGS HAPPEN. IT’S THE BIG BOYS THAT ARE USUALLY CAUGHT SHOVING THINGS UNDER THE RUG.

        • D3X

          If you look at Tesla serious accident and wrecks(Not all of them are in the media).
          1) More than likely the car ‘burst into flames’. I’ve been at car salvaging yards where Tesla model X and Model 3 are simply melted steel.
          2) Drivers involved in such accidents either suffer from,Severe injuries from burns or died from the fiery crash.
          3)The amount of toxic fumes from the burning of the car; cobalt from Lithium batteries are severely roxic, carbon monoxide far higher in 1000x greater than ICE daily emissions.

          No doubt that Tesla is using more sustainable and environmentally friendlier technologies,it’s far from perfect and at the end of the day; Tesla and Elon is trying to make profits, and we know how well the CEO uses media.

          • Elon is not in for the profits, you can clearly see it from his strategy. He couldn’t care less if Tesla goes bust as long as the electric revolution happens, and happens fast.

          • D3X

            Yeah, I don’t buy it.

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