Tesla has released an update on the cause of a Model S battery fire in Shanghai after the government put pressure on electric car makers.
In April, a Tesla Model S was captured on video, bursting with flames that appeared to be parked by itself in a garage – see picture above.
After the accident, some Nio SUVs also had thermal events in China, and this led to great attention during battery fires in the country.
The government asked car manufacturers that manufacture electric vehicles to investigate the fire hazard and report what they are doing to prevent their cars from catching fire.
Earlier this week, Nio announced that they were recalling their SUV.
One month after an incident in Shanghai, Tesla released an update for its battery software to prevent further Model S and Model X fires.
Tesla also issued a statement to Weibo on the cause of the fire in Shanghai today and shared this with No system errors were found:
The automaker claimed to have conducted a "joint investigation" with "Chinese and American experts" who "found no defects in the system".
Tesla added that preliminary results indicate the source of the fire as a single battery module at the front of the vehicle. Here is a Tesla battery pack that releases the battery modules:
However, they did not explain what might make the battery module that Tesla makes itself ignite.
The automaker reiterated that he believes his vehicles burn 10 times less frequently than gasoline vehicles.
While Tesla rightly claims that gasoline vehicles burn on average more often than Tesla vehicles, it relies on all vehicle fires, not just newer vehicles like Tesla's.
In both cases, statistically, there is still nothing to worry about, but it is clearly not the case, especially in China after these events.
Therefore, Tesla must be transparent when investigating the cause of the fire The vehicles are not involved in accidents.
So far, Tesla seems to communicate only the results of a preliminary investigation, since the cause is due to a single battery death ule does not say much.
You have already released a software update to make the thermal management system more secure, but it sounds like they did it before the findings of this incident.
Hopefully you can learn more and this can lead to safer batteries.
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