Single battery module caused vehicle to catch fire: Tesla

Tesla has now revised the charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles through an OTA update.

On Friday, Electric vehicle maker Tesla Inc stated, following its investigation into one of its car catching fire in Shanghai, it has concluded that a single battery module caused the car to catch fire. It has now revised its vehicle settings to further protect its batteries.

In a statement posted on its Weibo social media account, Tesla said, the joint investigation team had conducted an investigation and analysis of the battery, software, manufacturing data and vehicle history. The investigators have concluded that there was no defect in the system. The fire was caused by a single battery module located at the front of the vehicle.

Incidentally, although Panasonic supplies batteries to Tesla, it does not do so in modules.

Following the investigation, Tesla has revised the charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X cars vide an over-the-air (OTA) software update.

According to Tesla, electric vehicles are around 10 times less likely to catch fire in comparison to their petrol-powered cousins.

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