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Hong Kong May 2019 Model S Fire

markwj

Moderator, Asia Pacific
Apr 10, 2011
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Hong Kong
Local chinese language newspaper "Apple Daily" first broke the news, on Monday 13th May, of a fire in a Tesla Model S parked in a multi-storey garage here. Reportedly, the car had been supercharged, then parked, and 30 minutes later caught fire. Hong Kong fire services department put on the blaze 45 minutes later.

【獨家】Tesla停車30分鐘後離奇自焚爆炸 車主逃過一劫 | 即時新聞 | 突發 | 20190513
(Chinese language only)

Reuters also has some english language coverage:

Tesla car catches fire in Hong Kong parking lot: media - Reuters

After the fire was extinguished, the vehicle looked like this:

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Hong Kong Fire Services Department statistics on fires in Hong Kong, and their type including vehicle fires, are here:

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On 15th May, news reports stated Tesla is responding by announcing "out of an abundance of caution", the rollout of a software update for Model S and X cars that promises to extend battery life and safety. "We currently have well over half a million vehicles on the road, which is more than double the number that we had at the beginning of last year, and Tesla's team of battery experts uses that data to thoroughly investigate incidents that occur and understand the root cause," Tesla said in a statement. "Although fire incidents involving Tesla vehicles are already extremely rare and our cars are 10 times less likely to experience a fire than a gas car, we believe the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero."

Tesla updates battery software on Models S and X after Hong Kong fire - Roadshow
Tesla issues battery software update after Hong Kong vehicle fire – TechCrunch
Another Day, Another Tesla Car Fire. This One in Hong Kong. - ExtremeTech
 
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Exiom

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Nov 29, 2017
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Teslafi shows there is a new update (2019.16.1.1 697c2ff) yesterday... but it doesn't seem to be on a wide rollout however they are all installed on 85 pack cars...

I haven't got it yet, I am on 2019.12.1.2 5c87371
 

markwj

Moderator, Asia Pacific
Apr 10, 2011
4,603
1,218
Hong Kong
Teslafi shows there is a new update (2019.16.1.1 697c2ff) yesterday... but it doesn't seem to be on a wide rollout however they are all installed on 85 pack cars...

I haven't got it yet, I am on 2019.12.1.2 5c87371

Presumably need to wait for transport department approval anyway...
 

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