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Tesla car explosions in China prompt battery upgrades

IANS  |  San Francisco 

After two cases of exploding in China, electric vehicle (EV)-maker is planning to upgrade the of some of its

The decision comes after a vehicle caught fire in Hong Kong last week, marking the second time a was found burning recently, reported on Saturday.

"Out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles," the report quoted the company as saying.

Last month, a viral footage showed a Tesla Model S appearing to explode at a in

The company said it sent a team to the site of the Hong Kong fire to investigate the incident alongside the Chinese authorities.

EVs are generally far less likely to catch fire than gasoline vehicles.

The EV-maker also said its battery packs are designed "so that in the very rare instance a fire does occur, it spreads very slowly and vents heat away from the cabin, alerting occupants that there is an issue and giving them enough time to exit the vehicle," the added.

As Tesla works towards improving its cars, the company "believes the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero," the report noted.



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 17:08 IST