Tesla updates battery software after auto fires in China and Hong Kong

Tesla is turning rivals into roadkill – even in China

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Seemingly spontaneous fires that have engulfed Tesla vehicles have led the Silicon Valley carmaker to update its battery software. Hong Kong's Fire Services Department has confirmed it's investigating a fire, without identifying the make of the vehicle.

While Tesla is still investigating the incidents, the firm is taking action "out of an abundance of caution".

Tesla Inc will update its battery software after two recent fires involving its Model S electric vehicles (EV) in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the USA automaker said on Thursday, adding that investigations into the incidents are ongoing. "We are glad that everyone is safe". "While our investigation with authorities is ongoing, we have found that only a few battery modules were affected and the majority of the battery pack is undamaged", Tesla said.

The recent incidents come as the firm is already facing challenges.

Earlier this year, the company said it would cut its workforce by 7% after the "most challenging" year in its history. "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 auto, we believe the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero".

In March a Model S burst into flames 30 minutes after being parked in a shopping centre in Hong Kong.

A series of fires involving Tesla Model S cars took place in 2013.

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