Tesla probes car fire in Shanghai

A Tesla Model 3 car is displayed during a media preview at the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing China

According to Fox Business, a video of the incident surfaces on a Chinese social media platform called Weibo on Sunday. It was posted on Chinese social media a couple of hours later and has since been shared widely. The short CCTV clip, reportedly filmed in Shanghai, starts with what appears to be an empty white Tesla Model S parked in an indoor parking lot. We can't be 100-percent sure of that, but it doesn't even look like there's a charging station where the Model S is parked. Smoke suddenly appears from underneath the electric vehicle.

"We immediately sent a team on-site and we're supporting local authorities to establish the facts. From what we know now, no one was harmed", Tesla said in a statement.

The company now imports all the cars it sells in China, but it is in the process of building a factory in Shanghai that will manufacture Model 3 cars in the initial phase and help it minimize the impact of the trade war and tariffs. No one was hurt in the blast said Tesla in a post on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter. "This happened today in Shanghai, China 1st generation Tesla Model S caught Fire _ underground car park.#Tesla #TeslaChina #ModelS #Fire #China #Shanghai #特斯拉 #中国 $TSLA".

An investigation is underway and Tesla China has said it will cooperate. Some reports suggest possible arson, but we can't confirm that at this point in time either.

In January, Chicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio said that there have been at least a dozen cases worldwide in the last five years of Model S batteries exploding in collisions and parked vehicles.

The company wants to supercharge sales in China with a new factory in Shanghai.

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