Tesla to update battery software after recent auto fires

Darnell Taylor
May 18, 2019

Hong Kong's Fire Services Department has confirmed it's investigating a fire, without identifying the make of the auto.

A Tesla Model S reportedly caught fire in a parking lot in Hong Kong on Sunday and the auto manufacturer has already rolled out an over-the-air battery software update to try and prevent similar incidents in the future.

While Tesla is still investigating the incidents, the firm is taking action "out of an abundance of caution".

As Reuters reports, a battery software update has now been released by Tesla for both the Model S and Model X lines of electric vehicles.

In its statement, Tesla said it had a team in Hong Kong to support its customer and establish the facts.

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Tesla said its investigation with authorities into that incident so far found only a few of the car's battery modules affected and that the majority of the battery pack was undamaged.

Tesla reported a loss of $702m for the first three months of the year and predicted another loss for the current quarter.

Previous incidents involving Tesla vehicles catching on fire seem to have happened while the cars were moving.

The Hong Kong incident came three weeks after Tesla said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that showed a parked Tesla Model S auto exploding in the commercial hub of Shanghai.

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