The video shot just after 8:15 pm. Local time on April 21 seems to show a Tesla Model S sedan. It was published in Chinese social media a few hours later and has been widely used ever since.
"We immediately sent a local team and we assist the local authorities in identifying the facts, so far as we know no one has been harmed," a Tesla spokesman told CNN Business on Monday.
The clip attracted a mixture of ridicule and outrage over Weibo. "We car owners ask for an explanation," wrote user Miao Hongyang. "We are jeopardizing our security in a moment and we will not tolerate the fact that it ignited so quickly."
Another Weibo user registered under the name of Your Dad added, "One thing I learned from this incident is that you never park next to a Tesla."
China is huge for Tesla
"It's strange that the battery that does not charge would burn itself," said Tu Le, founder of consulting firm Sino Auto Insights.
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China is an enormously important market for Tesla. The country accounts for approximately 20% of the company's annual sales or over $ 2 billion in revenue. However, the market share of this market is still low.
Don Giolzetti contributed to this report.