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Tesla and Nio fires in China spur electric-car safety checkups

China is ordering carmakers to conduct checks on electric vehicles after cars made by Tesla Inc. and Nio Inc. caught on fire, spurring anxiety over the safety of battery-powered automobiles. Companies need to check for potential safety hazards with battery boxes, waterproof protection in cars and high-voltage wiring harnesses, as well as on-board charging devices, […]

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This New York-listed Chinese electric carmaker’s flagship vehicle keeps catching fire

Even though electric vehicles are less likely to catch fire than gasoline-powered cars, cases of EVs bursting into flames are nonetheless unsettling—especially when they happen to prominent companies like California carmaker Tesla and New York-listed Chinese car brand NIO. NIO’s flagship battery sports utility vehicle ES8 caught fire in China’s central Wuhan city on Friday afternoon (June […]

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Audi recalls its first electric car in the US due to battery fire risk

Audi has announced a voluntary recall on the E-Tron, the company’s first all-electric car, because of a risk for battery fires. The German automaker says the recall covers around 540 E-Trons in the United States, or about half of what Audi has sold since the car’s launch in April. Audi says that a wiring harness glitch in […]

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Challenges in dealing with electric car battery fires, fire chiefs say

Two electric car fires have already occurred in the Tri-Cities, one in Port Moody, one in Coquitlam – with the surge in popularity of electric vehicles, firefighters have to stay abreast of new technology A surge in the popularity of electric cars is proving problematic for Tri-City firefighters who are scrambling to keep up with […]

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Tesla vehicle caught on fire while plugged in at Supercharger station

A Tesla Model S has caught on fire and completely burned down while plugged in at Tesla’s Supercharger station in Antwerp, Belgium. The local news is reporting that the Model S caught on fire a little while after starting to charge (translated from Dutch): “The driver of the car had parked it at a so-called ‘Supercharger’, […]

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Auto analysts worry Tesla fires could dampen electric car sales as industry ramps up EV production

Recent reports of Tesla vehicles spontaneously catching fire could make potential customers wary at a time when virtually every automaker is getting ready to roll out battery-based vehicles, industry executives and analysts worry. Tesla said earlier in the week that it’s investigating the most-recent fire and sent out a software update to tens of thousands of its […]

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Tesla Responds to Model S Fires With Battery Software Update

Within the past month two Tesla Model S electric vehicles have burst into flames while unattended in a parking lot. We still don’t know why, but Tesla is now responding with a software update. As Reuters reports, a battery software update has now been released by Tesla for both the Model S and Model X lines […]

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Tesla Fires Sound Alarms About Electric-Car Battery Safety

Electric vehicles may be less prone to catch fire than gas guzzlers, but recent blazes involving Tesla Inc. and NIO Inc. cars in Greater China are prompting the industry to take steps to alleviate concerns from potential customers. Worries heightened after reports emerged of a fire involving a Tesla in a Hong Kong parking lot. Weeks earlier, a video on Chinese […]

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Tesla issues battery software update after Hong Kong vehicle fire

Tesla has started pushing out a software update that will change battery charge and thermal management settings in Model S sedans and Model X SUVs following a fire in a parked vehicle in Hong Kong earlier this week. The software update, which Tesla says is being done out of “an abundance of caution,” is supposed […]

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Another parked Tesla Model S burst into flames in China

Less than a month after a parked Tesla exploded in Shanghai, another Model S has caught fire, this time in a Hong Kong car park. Local newspaper Apple Daily reported (link in Chinese) that the vehicle began to emit smoke and burst into flames about half an hour after it was parked, and three explosions were heard. The […]

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A Tesla Model S caught fire in a garage in San Francisco

A Tesla Model S sedan caught fire in a garage in San Francisco, the San Francisco Fire Department tweeted on Friday. The incident was reported around midnight on Friday. Firefighters saw smoke near the vehicle’s rear right tire, though the vehicle was not charging at the time. The fire was extinguished, and the vehicle was removed from […]

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Life, death, and spontaneous combustion — here’s why the debate about Tesla fires just got more fierce

It broke out as a Tesla Model S was sitting in a parking garage. The car had not just suffered an impact, as in previous fire cases, and it was not charging. Thankfully, no one was hurt. The company is investigating the incident. In the world of Tesla, fires have become a battleground for the […]

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At Least Three Electric Vehicles Have Spontaneously Exploded in China This Week

Reports of a third electric vehicle spontaneously combusting have emerged in China this week. A parked SUV made by leading vehicle and battery manufacturer BYD caught fire in Wuhan city Wednesday, the local firefighting department confirmed. The incident comes just days after reports surfaced of cars made by Tesla and Nio suddenly catching fire.  BYD later said […]

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EV Explosions Spark Safety Concerns

News of two self-ignited electric vehicles within two days fueled concerns about EV safety in China. Tesla and Nio, the makers of the cars that burned, confirmed the incidents on Monday and said they are investigating. Both cars were parked, no one was injured, and it remains unclear what caused the fires. What might have been the […]

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Tesla investigates viral video of Model S exploding in parking lot

There have been at least 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, with the majority occurring after a crash. Tesla said it has sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that showed a parked Model S exploding, the latest in a string of fire incidents involving Tesla cars. The […]

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A Tesla Model X SUV caught fire after being towed to a shop, despite a company employee saying it wouldn’t

One Tesla owner in Pittsburgh has had bad luck with Tesla’s Model X SUV. After briefly catching fire in February, the car caught fire once again about three hours after being towed to a repair shop in Monroeville on Wednesday, just outside of the city, according to CBS Pittsburgh, which first reported on the incident.  Firefighters battled the blaze […]

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See an Emergency Crew’s Shocking Way of Extinguishing a Fiery BMW i8

Electric cars are presenting new problems for emergency crews: extremely volatile battery fires, but firefighters in the Netherlands have learned to take no chances when it comes to these types of incidents. Such is this case involving a BMW i8, where firefighters acted quickly using a crane and a portable vat of water to prevent the […]

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Fatal Tesla Model S crash illustrates challenge of EV fire

A crash and subsequent fire of a Tesla Model S near Fort Lauderdale last month that claimed the driver’s life illustrates once again a unique challenge presented by electric vehicles: that electric vehicle battery fires are very difficult to put out. Bloombergreports that police initially tried to put out the blaze using a department-issued fire extinguisher, to no avail. Chemicals used in conventional […]

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What First Responders Don’t Know About Fiery Electric Vehicles

After an out-of-control Tesla Model S plowed into a stand of palm trees on a highway median outside Fort Lauderdale last month, police rushed to put out the ensuing blaze using a department-issued fire extinguisher. It was a wasted effort. The car kept on burning after the crash, which killed the driver. The police may […]

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Crawley Tesla fire: Explosions reported as blaze rips through showroom

A fire has torn through a Tesla showroom in West Sussex, damaging at least half of the premises before being brought under control. Explosions were reportedly heard from the building, but the car manufacturer confirmed that no one had been hurt in the blaze. The public were advised to avoid the area due to large quantities of […]

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