Tesla Model S Catches Fire In Hong Kong Parking Lot Prompting Battery Update
May 16, 2019  Brad Anderson


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

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.

“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

“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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