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Tesla Cars Explosion in China Prompt Battery Upgrades

As Tesla works towards improving its cars, the company “believes the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero,” the report noted

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

After two cases of cars exploding in China, electric vehicle (EV)-maker Tesla is planning to upgrade the battery systems of some of its cars.

The decision comes after a Tesla vehicle caught fire in Hong Kong last week, marking the second time a Tesla was found burning recently, CNN reported on Saturday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles,” the report quoted the company spokesperson as saying.

Last month, a viral footage showed a Tesla Model S appearing to explode at a car park in Shanghai.

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A sales staff chats with a customer at a Tesla store near a poster announcing orders of the Model 3 electric cars in Beijing, China, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

The company said it sent a team to the site of the Hong Kong fire to investigate the incident alongside the Chinese authorities.

EVs are generally far less likely to catch fire than gasoline vehicles.

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The EV-maker also said its battery packs are designed “so that in the very rare instance a fire does occur, it spreads very slowly and vents heat away from the cabin, alerting occupants that there is an issue and giving them enough time to exit the vehicle,” the spokesperson added.

As Tesla works towards improving its cars, the company “believes the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero,” the report noted. (IANS)

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Tesla Gets an Approval to Manufacture Cars in China

Starting production by November would be a critical milestone for the automaker if it hopes to continue to increase sales and avoid the high cost of shipping and tariffs, the TechCrunch report added

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has got an approval to manufacture cars in China and the company is building a $2 billion factory in Shanghai, its first manufacturing unit outside the US, the media has reported.

Tesla plans to build at least 1,000 of its Model 3s each week in the Chinese factory, which could be up and running within weeks, the BBC has reported.

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The new factory will give Elon Musk’s Tesla access to China which is incidentally the world’s largest car market.

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Visitors inspect Tesla electric cars at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, Jan. 18, 2019. VOA

A Chinese tech site also reported the news and provided a screenshot of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology approved automakers. Tesla is the first automaker listed, according to TechCrunch.

Earlier in July, the EV maker wrote in its quarterly earnings letter to shareholders that Model 3s production was on track to begin at its Shanghai factory by the end of 2019.

Starting production by November would be a critical milestone for the automaker if it hopes to continue to increase sales and avoid the high cost of shipping and tariffs, the TechCrunch report added. (IANS)