Tesla launches investigation as shocking video shows Model S explode into flames

Tesla launches investigation as shocking video shows Model S explode into flames
Tesla launches investigation as shocking video shows Model S explode into flames

Tesla has launched an investigation after a video apparently showing one of its cars bursting into flames emerged on social media.

The clip, recorded in Shanghai and dated April 21, shows smoke emerging from the underside of the Model S before a sudden explosion leaves the car engulfed in flames.

The US car maker said it had immediately sent a team to Shanghai to investigate and was working with local authorities to determine what had happened.

The CCTV footage shows smoke rapidly developing under the Model S before it explodes into flames

No casualties

A translation of a Tesla statement posted to Chinese social media site Weibo said: “After learning about the incident in Shanghai, we immediately sent the team to the scene last night.

“We are actively contacting relevant departments and supporting the verification. According to current information, there are no casualties.”

The clip first emerged on China’s Weibo social media platform, having apparently been shared on a group for Tesla owners. Unlike other recent incidents where Teslas have caught fire after crashing, the car in this clip appears to be parked and unoccupied.

Tesla insists that its EVs are far less likely to catch fire than a conventionally fuelled car but there have been a number of high-profile instances of its vehicles apparently igniting spontaneously, including one in France another in Los Angeles, and a third where a car being investigated as the possible source of a garage fire caught fire after being moved for assessment.

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