Tesla Model 3 reportedly exploded in Shanghai parking garage


Tesla China-made Model 3 vehicles are spotted during a delivery event at its factory in Shanghai, China on January 7, 2020.

Ellie Songs | Reuters

BEIJING – Chinese media reported on Tuesday that a Tesla Model 3 exploded in an underground residential parking garage in Shanghai.

In a statement to Chinese media, Tesla said no one was injured in the fire. Preliminary analysis indicates that the crash was caused by the impact of the car’s bottom, the automaker added to the reports.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment. It was not immediately clear whether the Model 3 affected was a locally made or imported version.

According to Chinese media, the Chinese Battery Manufacturing Contemporary Ampirex Technology (CATL) stated that it did not make a battery pack for the car that gets spontaneously combusted.

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Several Tesla cars have exploded over the years, including the US

In April 2019, Tesla sent a team to Shanghai to investigate the apparent explosion of one of its parked vehicles.

Elon Musk’s electric cars have come under scrutiny in China for other reasons, such as his self-driving technology. Earlier this month, the state-owned Economic Information Daily said in a comment that there were at least 10 reports in 2020 of drivers losing control of their Tesla vehicles in China.

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