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Tesla insists recent Model S explosion is an isolated incident

By April 23, 2019News, Safety

A recent video of a Tesla Model S exploding into flames in a Shangai parking garage has forced the company to investigate and reassure the public that the vehicles don’t pose a safety risk.

Vision captured from Sunday night and shared on Chinese social media showed the vehicle smoking up and then exploding into violent flames moments later.

The automaker insists electric vehicles are 10 times less likely to catch fire compared to cars with a traditional internal combustion engine.

There have been at least 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, with the majority occurring after a crash.

“We immediately sent a team on-site and we’re supporting local authorities to establish the facts. From what we know now, no one was harmed,” Tesla said in a statement.

Tesla is currently building its first factory in China at a site near Shanghai. CarAdvice reports that the viral video comes days after Chinese automaker Nio confirmed one of its ES8 electric crossovers caught fire at a service centre in Xian.

No injuries were reported from this incident, which is also under investigation.

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