Tesla investigates after video allegedly shows Model S auto exploding in China


Other Twitter videos showed the aftermath of the Tesla fire, with the auto destroyed and the vehicles beside it damaged.

Tesla now imports all of its China-market cars from its United States factory, but is building a factory in Shanghai to produce the Model 3 for local sales. Reports are that the Tesla was not plugged in and being charged at the time. However he did re-charge the car's battery at a Tesla supercharger about an hour before the fire.

Stupid drivers might not be the worst of Tesla's problems, though.

China is a hugely important market for Tesla.

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In January, Tesla recalled over 14,000 Model S cars in China as part of the global automotive sector's effort to replace potentially risky airbags made by Japan's Takata.

"After learning about the incident in Shanghai, we dispatched a team to the scene last night as soon as possible", Tesla wrote in a statement on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The rest saw parked Tesla set on fire by their batteries.

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 country now has around 2.6 million electric and other alternative-power vehicles on the road.

China has been pushing for more alternatively-powered cars to clean up its air and drive growth in new industries, and the nation already boasts one of the world's largest electric vehicle populations. The watchdog has called for scrutiny of NEV quality and recalled more than 130,000 cars previous year.