FILE PHOTO: A Tesla logo will be displayed on the rim of the auto show in Shanghai on April 16, 2019 in Shanghai (China) during the media day. REUTERS / Aly Song / Photo Photo
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The video was widely distributed on China's Twitter-like Weibo. The hashtag "Tesla self-ignites" has become one of the most read topics on the platform and has been viewed more than five million times.
It showed a parked Tesla S, which started to emit smoke from the hood before it exploded and went up in flames, damaging the surrounding cars. A timestamp on the video showed that it happened on Sunday night.
Reuters was unable to immediately verify the source of the video that Weibo users recorded in Shanghai.
"After hearing about this incident in Shanghai, we immediately sent a team to the scene. We are currently contacting the relevant departments to understand the situation. According to the latest information, nobody was hurt, "Tesla said on his official Weibo account.
The incident occurred when Tesla tried to revive its sales in China, which were hit hard by the Sino-USA trade tensions.
The company is currently importing all the cars it sells in China, but it is currently building a factory in Shanghai that will initially produce model 3-class models to minimize the impact of the trade war and tariffs.
In March, Tesla also encountered a hick-cup when Shanghai customs temporarily suspended clearance for a number of Tesla Type-3 models, citing labeling issues.
(This story was rejected to add the suspended word "suspended" in the last paragraph.)
Reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Michael Perry