Tesla Model S Catches Fire In Chinese Repair Facility

A Model S has been destroyed by a blaze at a body shop in Hangzhou, China.

Electrek claims that the damaged battery pack of the Tesla caught fire late at night while it was up on a lift. The Hangzhou Fire Command Center quickly responded to calls, cut through one of the shop’s garage doors at approximately 1:45 a.m. in the morning and extinguished the blaze.

Also Read: Recent Tesla Fires Could Hurt EV Sales, Analysts Suggest

According to a local Chinese news outlet, “after the firefighters broke the shutters, they found that the building was full of smoke and the visibility was very low. After searching, it was found that there were flames and black smoke under the hood of a Tesla. The meter box next to it was also on fire, and the firefighters immediately began to extinguish the fire.”

Tesla has acknowledged that the car triggered the blaze and revealed that the its battery pack had “significant water damage” prior to the incident. It then blamed the shop, which wasn’t an official Tesla service center but rather a third-party body shop, for not properly handling the pack.

A number of Teslas have been involved in fires throughout 2019, ultimately prompting the car manufacturer to release a software update back in May to adjust charge and thermal management settings to help protect the battery and improve battery longevity. Particularly worrying footage emerged back in late April when a security camera from inside a Shanghai parking garage captured the moment a parked Model S exploded and burst into flames.


  • Knotmyrealname

    Can you imagine if every fire involving ICE cars were reported?

  • Andrew Ngo

    Funny that there are 2 signs in front of the body shop saying it is Tesla Authorized repair shop.

    • Joe

      Just because a place has a sign saying it’s an authorised repair shop doesn’t mean it is, especially in China.
      When I was there, there was an actual Apple store on one side of the street and opposite, a direct copy of it, but with different furnishings and posters and such up. Both had signs in the window accusing the other of being fake.

  • TheBelltower

    Riiiight…. and the internet is just a fad. No one who drives a Tesla or any EV wants to go back to tractor-based vehicles.

  • benT

    on yer bike………..

  • Alduin

    Tesla sucks. They can blame the shop and “water damag” all they want. They still build and inferior product with crappy quality and awful reliability.

  • Alduin

    Once hydrogen fuel cell ever takes off EV’s will die off. I want HFC to succeed over EV’s. An HFC hybrid will be better than a pure EV anyday.

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