Tesla investigating incident of parked car exploding in Shanghai

The video showed a parked Tesla S starting to emit smoke from its bonnet before exploding and bursting into flames, damaging surrounding cars.
The video showed a parked Tesla S starting to emit smoke from its bonnet before exploding and bursting into flames, damaging surrounding cars.PHOTO: SCREENGRABS FROM TWITTER / @SHANGHAIJAYIN
A Tesla Model 3 car is displayed during a media preview at the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing, China, on April 25, 2018.
A Tesla Model 3 car is displayed during a media preview at the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing, China, on April 25, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - United States electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc said on Monday (April 22) that it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media which showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding.

The video was widely shared on China's Twitter-like Weibo with the hashtag "Tesla self-ignites", becoming one of the most-read topics on the platform, being viewed over five million times.

It showed a parked Tesla S starting to emit smoke from its bonnet before exploding and bursting into flames, damaging surrounding cars. A time stamp on the video showed that it occurred on Sunday evening.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the origins of the video, which Weibo users said was taken in Shanghai.

On its official Weibo account, Tesla said: "After finding out about this incident in Shanghai, we immediately sent a team to the scene. We are currently contacting relevant departments to understand the situation. Based on current information, no one was hurt."

The incident comes as Tesla has been trying to revive its sales in China which have been hit hard by Sino-US trade tensions.

The company currently imports all the cars it sells in China, but it is in the process of building a factory in Shanghai that will manufacture Model 3 cars in the initial phase and help it minimise the impact of the trade war and tariffs.

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In March, Tesla also encountered a hiccup when Shanghai customs temporarily suspended clearance for a batch of Tesla's Model 3 cars, citing a labelling issue.