On Friday, Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc. said a single battery pack effect a car to catch fire in Shanghai and it had amend its vehicle configurations to further protect its batteries following an investigation into the incident.
In a statement posted on its Weibo social media account the company said, the joint investigation team had direct an investigation and survey of the battery, manufacturing data, software and vehicle history.
Tesla said, the inquiry found no system fault, and the preliminary findings show the incident was caused by a single battery module that was located at the front of the vehicle.
Panasonic (6752.T) Japanese battery manufacturer, supplies Tesla with battery cells, but not modules, which are a group of cells joined together.
According to the statement, the company has reviewed the load configuration and thermal management of S and X model vehicles using an Over-the-Air (OTA) Software Update to better protect the battery and provide improve the service life.
on April 21, A parked Tesla Model S caught fire in Shanghai.
Tesla said that their electric vehicles are about 10 times less likely to suffer a fire than petrol -powered cars.
On Thursday, Tesla’s local competitor, Nio Inc. (NIO.N) told Weibo that some battery modules in its cars may also have security issues, and that it will remove 4,803 units after three fires in China.
Electric vehicle safety is a growing problem in China, the largest energy vehicle market (NEV) in the world, where 1.3 million NEVs were sold last year.
The Chinese Ministry of Industry has asked automakers this month to conduct safety investigations into the waterproof protections, high-voltage beams, car chargers and battery boxes of cars.
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