After investigating the reason for a parked Tesla hearth in Shanghai, the electrical automotive maker has launched an over-the-air (OTA) replace that supposedly tweaks the way in which its vehicles cost and handle warmth.
In late April, a pre-facelift Tesla Mannequin S parked in an enclosed lot in Shanghai spontaneously began smoking earlier than dramatically bursting into flames. In line with a Reuters report citing a Friday submit on the automaker’s official Weibo account, Tesla discovered no system faults after conducting an investigation into the automotive’s battery, software program, manufacturing particulars, and historical past. It did, nevertheless, say that the fireplace was brought on by “a single battery module situated on the entrance of the car.” In Teslas, a battery module is a bunch of battery cells equipped by Panasonic.
To be able to “assist additional defend the battery and enhance battery longevity,” Tesla has issued an OTA software program replace to the Mannequin S and Mannequin X that allegedly revises cost and thermal administration settings. We have reached out to Tesla for extra particulars into what that truly means and can replace this story once we hear again.
The EV maker additionally made certain to level out that its vehicles are roughly 10 instances much less more likely to catch hearth than an inner combustion car.
By our personal rely, at the very least eight Teslas have randomly burned down whereas parked together with one in a San Francisco storage early final month. When probed over what’s inflicting the electrical vehicles to flare up, Tesla beforehand informed The Drive, “We at the moment have nicely over half one million autos on the highway, which is greater than double the quantity that we had firstly of final yr, and Tesla’s group of consultants makes use of that information to totally examine incidents that happen and perceive the basis trigger. Based mostly on our analysis, we all know that there are various exterior components that may trigger a fireplace to happen, together with constructing fires, car injury, improper upkeep by unauthorized mechanics, aftermarket modifications and improper car charging.”
The corporate added, “Hearth incidents involving Tesla autos are already extraordinarily uncommon and our vehicles are considerably much less more likely to expertise a fireplace than a gasoline automotive, nevertheless, we consider the best variety of incidents to aspire to is zero.”