Tesla updates Model S and X with longer range and new tech

Tesla updates Model S and X with longer range and new tech

The carmaker Tesla has sent an investigation team to Shanghai after a Tesla vehicle burst into flames in a local garage, sparking a massive security concern of its cars.

It is the latest incident to hit Tesla this year, just as it is stepping up its presence in China. Images show a lot of white smoke billowing up from underneath the vehicle, from where the battery should be, until a violent explosion blinds the camera for a split second.

Since 2013, there have been at least 14 examples of Tesla vehicles bursting into flames, most of these occurred following a crash of some sort.

Tesla's Weibo account was quick to reply to the incident, stating that they have 'dispatched a team to the scene last night as soon as possible.

"We immediately sent a team on-site and we're supporting local authorities to establish the facts". The Model S burst into flames and exploded, damaging surrounding vehicles. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 famously had issues with their lithium-ion batteries catching fire, causing the company to recall the devices. The cars can also run on Tesla's forthcoming V3 Supercharger network, which can accept a 200-kW input (or 145 kW on current V2 Superchargers), which Tesla claims will recharge the battery in half the time. "Nothing is confirmed before the investigation results are out", another user wrote under Tesla's post, adding that "all electric devices carry a risk if used improperly".

Without increasing the size of the battery, Tesla claims it's improved range, power and torque and faster 0 - 60 miles per hour times. Also new are redesigned drive-trains on more expensive variants of the cars, allowing buyers to get "more range out of every dollar spent on charging, " the company said. Smoke initially comes out from under the front wheel wells, followed by what appears to be an explosion of flames from under the front of the auto. "Over a million combustion engine (it's right there in the name!) auto fires per year & thousands of deaths, but one Tesla vehicle fire with no injuries gets biggest headlines", he wrote.

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