Although there have been a few instances of Tesla EVs catching fire, they have come mostly after a crash. With Tesla’s OTA software update, Tesla cars such as the Model S and Model S will have revised thermal and charge management settings.
On Thursday, following two incidents of Tesla Model S electric vehicles catching fire in Shanghai and in Hong Kong, U.S. automaker Tesla Inc stated it will update its battery software; it went on to add, investigations into the two incidents are ongoing.
“As we continue our investigation of the root cause, out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will begin rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.” said Tesla in a statement.
On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper reported that a Tesla EV had caught fire in a shopping mall parking lot 30 minutes after being parked.
According to Tesla, its investigation with authorities into that incident has so far found that only a few of the car’s battery modules have been affected and that the majority of the battery pack was undamaged.
Although there have been so far 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, but most of them have occurred following a crash.