Tesla Rolls Out Battery Software Update After Hong Kong Incident

Aadhya Khatri - May 16, 2019, 12:47 pm IST


This update comes after the Hong Kong incident in which a Tesla Model S caught fire near a shopping mall

Tesla is rolling out an update for the battery of Model X SUVs and Model S sedans. This act is to answer to an incident in which one of its vehicles busted into flame in Hong Kong. This update will not come to Model 3 cars, and it is supposed to lengthen the life of batteries as well as protecting it.

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One of Tesla vehicles busted into flame in Hong Kong

The company has not yet found out why the car caught fire nor any issue with the battery, but it said that it would act accordingly if such a problem were discovered.

Here is what the company said regarding its software update:

“We currently have well over half a million vehicles on the road, which is more than double the number that we had at the beginning of last year, and Tesla’s team of battery experts uses that data to thoroughly investigate incidents that occur and understand the root cause. 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 car, we believe the right number of incidents to aspire to is zero.

As we continue our investigation of the root cause, out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will begin rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity.”

The incident pushing Tesla to act happened on the 14th of March near a shopping mall in Hong Kong. A Tesla Model S busted into flame after staying stationary for about 30 minutes. There were three flare-ups spotted in CCTV footage.

The examination is still going, and so far, it said that only a handful of battery modules were damaged, the rest was left unharmed.

Tesla said that it had designed the battery in a way that when a fire happens, it would expand slower than usual and go away from the cabin, which is to buy drivers time to escape.

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