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Watch the video of a parked Tesla Model S exploding in China

Watch the video of a parked Tesla Model S exploding in China

The viral video appears to show gases escaping from the battery module before it bursts into flames, shooting fire out from beneath the front and sides of the vehicle.

Business Insider reported on the incident after a video of the electric vehicle exploding surfaced on Chinese social media websites on Sunday.

Video of the incident taken by a security camera at the parking space shows the white-colored Model S beginning to emit smokes and then suddenly bursting into flames and burning fiercely.

Tesla's Chinese ambitions have also been hampered by the trade war between Washington and Beijing. "From what we know now, no one was harmed", the company was quoted as saying by the source.

Electric vehicles should in theory be no less safe than gasoline powered vehicles, which often drive around carrying gallons of highly flammable liquid hydrocarbons on board.

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The U.S. electric-car maker has sent a team to Shanghai and is in touch with local authorities, Tesla said on its official Sina Weibo account Monday. "Us auto owners demand an explanation", wrote user Miao Hongyang.

"Tesla had fire incidents before, but they didn't have a big impact on its reputation in China", said analyst Alan Kang at LMC Automotive.

Good or bad, negative or positive I will post anything about Tesla or EVs in China. The rest saw parked Tesla set on fire by their batteries.

Safety concerns have been raised in relation to Tesla in the past, as there have been reports of more than a dozen of its vehicles spontaneously catching fire since 2013.


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