US. Tesla Inc., a manufacturer of electric vehicles (EV), said it had sent a team to investigate a video in Chinese social media in which a parked Tesla Model S car exploded, the latest in a series of fire events involving Tesla's cars were involved.
The video, Time was stamped on Sunday night and aired on China's Twitter-style Weibo, shows the parked EV emits smoke and bursts into flames seconds later. A video allegedly from the episodes showed that three cars were completely destroyed.
Reuters was unable to immediately verify the origin of the videos that were recorded in Shanghai according to Weibo users
The cause of the explosion could be detected from the Videos can not be determined immediately.
"We immediately sent a local team and we assist the local authorities in identifying the facts and, to the best of our knowledge, no one has been harmed," Tesla said in a Monday statement.
He continued to reject the statement when contacted by Reuters.
The latest incident comes as Tesla tried to push sales in China, where its prices were influenced by Sate-for-tat tariffs – US trade tensions last year.
The automaker is currently importing all cars sold in China, but is building a factory in Shanghai that will initially produce the Model 3 and reduce the impact of a trade war.
In March, Tesla was also on the way to a confusion of labels at customs in Shanghai, which led to a temporary suspension of approval for a number of models of the type 3.
According to analysts, the recent fire would probably increase security, but EVs probably had no significant impact on Tesla's sales or reputation in China when the cause was investigated.
"Tesla had earlier fire events, but had no major impact on its reputation in China." said Alan Kang at LMC Automotive.
"As its customers are not particularly conservative and China is pushing the electric vehicle market, if incidental, this incident will not have much of an impact on Tesla," he said.
"Tesla self-ignites" was one of Weibo's most popular hashtags on Monday, with over 20 million views. Some users urged the automaker to find the cause quickly, while others speculated on the impact on the value of Tesla cars currently on the road. Even more humor found in the situation.
"One lesson I learned from the self-exploding Tesla in Shanghai: Do not park your car next to a Tesla," a commentator said.
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In a separate, unrelated incident, Tesla's rival in China, Nio, said in a social media post that an ES8 electric vehicle will hit a repair center on Monday Nio burned down in downtown Xian.
"Nio has initiated an investigation to determine the cause of the fire," Nio said, adding that no one was harmed by the incident.