Tesla says Shanghai car fire caused by failed battery module

It said it found no system defects and determined preliminary that the fire was caused by the failure of a battery module in the front of the vehicle.

28 June 2019 | 19:22

Source: Associated Pres

  • Source: Associated Pres
  • Last update: 28 June 2019 | 19:22

In this Sunday, May 19, 2019, file photo, a line of unsold 2019 Model 3 sedans sits at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. (AP Photo)

BEIJING: Tesla said a fire in one of its cars in Shanghai was caused by the failure of a single battery module and investigators found no defects in the car’s systems.

The American electric car maker said Friday on its social media account that a joint team examined the battery, software, manufacturing information and the vehicle’s history following the April 21 fire in an underground garage.

It said it found no system defects and determined preliminary that the fire was caused by the failure of a battery module in the front of the vehicle.

Modules are groups of battery cells joined together. Panasonic supplies Tesla’s cells.

Tesla said in May it was issuing a battery-related software update.

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