Tesla Responds to Model S Fires With Battery Software Update

Tesla Responds to Model S Fires With Battery Software Update

The electric carmaker said it would soon begin rolling out the software update on Model S and Model X vehicles. It went on to say, "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 auto, we believe the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero". The Model S had been parked in a garage near a Hong Kong shopping mall when the fire started. "While our investigation with authorities is ongoing, we have found that only a few battery modules were affected and the majority of the battery pack is undamaged", Tesla said.

A Tesla logo is seen at a groundbreaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019.

NIO, a Tesla rival, said last month one of its ES8 electric vehicles caught fire in the northwestern Chinese city of Xi'an while being repaired.

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

Earlier this week, the Apple Daily newspaper in Hong Kong reported that a Tesla Model S caught fire in a parking structure.

There have been at least 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, a lot of them following a crash.

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