Tesla updates software after vehicle fires

2017 Tesla Model X

Enlarge Image Tesla is sending out a software update to Models S and X to improve battery life and safety. Tim Stevens Roadshow

Tesla said on Wednesday that it will issue a software update for its Model S sedan and Model X crossover following two recent fires in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The electric carmaker said it would soon begin rolling out the software update on Model S and Model X vehicles. "Although fire incidents involving Tesla vehicles are already extremely rare and our cars are 10 times less likely to experience a fire than a gas auto, we believe the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero". A car of the same model caught fire in a Shanghai car park last month, with security footage showing smoke appearing out of the parked vehicle before the whole car was engulfed in flames. In 2018, the country recorded at least 40 fire-related incidents involving new-energy vehicles, which includes pure battery electric, hybrid plug-in and fuel-cell vehicles, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation.

In relation to the incident in Hong Kong, it said: "Our team was onsite to offer support to our customer and establish the facts of this incident". We still don't know why, but Tesla is now responding with a software update. Tesla earlier confirmed it was examining an incident in Shanghai after a auto bearing the company's logo was shown in an April social media video emitting smoke before bursting into flames.

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