A video that seems to explode a white Tesla Model S in Shanghai to house the US company's first foreign-owned electric vehicle factory has been widely circulated on the Chinese social media platform Weibo, prompting the company to do so investigate. 19659002] "We immediately sent a local team and we assist the local authorities in identifying the facts. According to what we know now, no one has been harmed, "said a spokesperson for Tesla China in an e-mail statement.
The video began to circulate last night (April 21) and posts using the #Tesla hashtag self-ignites "or" Monday have counted nearly 1
The 22-second shot showed a sedan in a parking garage emitting smoke from the chassis before it exploded and went up in flames. An Audi car parked right next to the Model S, but it was unclear if it was damaged. Posted by a user (link in Chinese) named Xiu Jian Cong Ye De Liu Dai from China's northeastern Shandong Province, he showed a Sunday time stamp at 20:15 local time. The user said that the blast occurred in Shanghai and commented under the posting that he received the video from a social media group for Tesla car owners. In the video, the Chinese character "" (hu) "can be seen on the plate, the abbreviation for Shanghai. The handle did not immediately respond to questions from Quartz.
The video was also posted on Twitter last night, but it's unclear if the handle belongs to the same person who posted it on Weibo.
Last week one was parked Tesla in the US caught fire after being taken to a garage in Pennsylvania to investigate his potential role in a fire that broke out in a garage mounted in his owner's home. Tesla also said that it is the fire.
The Shanghai video is released as Tesla has stepped up its investment in China, the company's largest foreign market. At the beginning of the year, construction began on the first foreign gigafactory in Shanghai – the first wholly foreign-owned car factory in China. Tesla hopes to begin production by the end of the year and will produce its Model 3 and Y vehicles for the Chinese market in the $ 2 billion facility.
The factory could help minimize the impact of China-China trade tensions USA: The company imports all cars sold in China from the US and pays high import tariffs compared to foreign brands manufactured in local joint ventures , Tesla's sales declined 13% year-on-year in the past year, as prices in China led to higher prices. Meanwhile, Shanghai customs officials temporarily held 1,600 model 3s for labeling issues last month.
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