One Little Update Could Keep Teslas From Catching Fire

Galtero Lara
May 18, 2019

The over-the-air update will tweak the charge and thermal management settings of a Model S or X battery pack. Hong Kong's Fire Services Department has confirmed it's investigating a fire, without identifying the make of the vehicle.

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.

Tesla said on Wednesday that it will issue a software update for its Model S sedan and Model X crossover following two recent fires in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

In relation to the incident in Hong Kong, it said: "Our team was onsite to offer support to our customer and establish the facts of this incident. We are glad that everyone is safe".

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"We now have well over half a million vehicles on the road, which is more than double the number that we had at the beginning of a year ago, and Tesla's team of battery experts uses that data to thoroughly investigate incidents that occur and understand the root cause".

Previous incidents involving Tesla vehicles catching on fire seem to have happened while the cars were moving.

In March a Model S burst into flames 30 minutes after being parked in a shopping centre in Hong Kong. It took 15 fire engines just under an hour to extinguish the blaze, which spread to other cars.

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