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Tesla catches fire in Hong Kong parking lot, Times says

Angus Whitley and Zoe Ma

Bloomberg

 /  Tue, May 14, 2019  /  12:01 pm
Tesla catches fire in Hong Kong parking lot, Times says

Tesla (Bloomberg/File)

A Tesla Inc. electric vehicle suddenly caught fire while in a Hong Kong parking lot, the Hong Kong Economic Times said, less than a month after a similar case was reported in Shanghai.

The Tesla Model S had been been parked in San Po Kong Plaza for about half an hour on May 12 before the battery started to smoke and flames appeared, according to the report. There were sounds of explosions and firefighters took about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, the Economic Times reported.

It was the first fire of its kind in the city, the report said.

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Tesla doesn’t have an immediate comment on the matter, a Beijing-based spokeswoman for the company said.

Last month, videos on social media showed a car bearing a Tesla logo in Shanghai emitting smoke before bursting into flames, while rival NIO Inc. said one of its ES8 electric vehicles caught fire in the north-west Chinese city of Xi’an while being repaired. Tesla and NIO said they were looking into the reports.

The incidents have fueled concern over the safety of EVs in China. In 2018, China recorded at least 40 fire-related incidents involving new-energy vehicles, a fleet that includes pure battery electric, hybrid plug-in and fuel-cell vehicles, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation.