Tesla says investigating incident of parked vehicle exploding in Shanghai

The incident comes as Tesla has been trying to revive its sales in China which have been hit hard by Sino-US trade tensions

The incident comes as Tesla has been trying to revive its sales in China which have been hit hard by Sino-US trade tensions

Tesla is sending an investigative team to a Shanghai parking garage to see if it can determine what caused a Model S electric vehicle to explode into flames over the weekend.

According to news agency Bloomberg, there were at least 40 fire-related incidents in China in 2018 involving "new-energy" vehicles, which includes electrics, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles.

The user tweeted "Good or bad, negative or positive I will post anything about Tesla or EVs in China". Vehicles parked next to the Tesla were also damaged in the fire, the news website reported. Tesla also used Weibo to make a statement acknowledging the fire and its participation in the investigation.

A burning Tesla Model S sedan in Shanghai that exploded, sparking a conflagration that gutted an underground carpark, may dent the USA carmaker's aggressive inroads into China.

According to Fox Business, a video of the incident surfaces on a Chinese social media platform called Weibo on Sunday. Other footage shows that the fire destroyed an Audi next to it.

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People have been having a lot of fun with Teslas lately.

At present all Tesla cars sold in China are imported from the U.S., and are subject to heavy tariffs as part of the simmering trade war between the two economic superpowers.

Unfortunately for Tesla, this isn't the first time one of its cars has caught fire out of nowhere.

Alan Kang at LMC Automotive commented on Tesla's issues stating: "Tesla had fire incidents before, but they didn't have a big impact on its reputation in China". Still more found humour in the situation. It was posted on Chinese social media a couple of hours later and has since been shared widely.

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