esla has launched an investigation after one of its vehicles apparently spontaneously exploded inside of a Shanghai parking garage.
In surveillance footage from around 8:15 pm on Sunday night, the Tesla Model S is seen emitting smoke before suddenly bursting into flames. Further video shows the resulting charred wreckage, including that of two other nearby cars.
Overnight, the clips went ultra-viral on Chinese social media. Early on Monday morning, Tesla announced on its Weibo account that it had sent a team to the site to investigate and was working with relevant authorities, adding that no one had been injured.
Firefighters in Shanghai have confirmed that the incident took place in an underground garage at a residential community on Wending Road in Xuhui District. 15 fire trucks were sent to the scene and the blaze was extinguished by 9:18 pm. Residents were evacuated during the incident and the parking garage cordoned off due to noxious fumes. Along with the Tesla, an Audi and Lexus were severely damaged in the explosion.
Shine reports that the owner of the Tesla told a local news outlet that the car was around three and a half years old and had not experienced any serious problems before. He parked the car in the garage at around 7:40 pm on Sunday. At 9 pm, he was informed of what happened. The vehicle was not charging at the time.