Tesla electric car catches fire in Hong Kong parking lot

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 A Tesla Inc electric car caught fire in a parking lot located in a Hong Kong shopping mall, the Apple Daily newspaper reported on Tuesday.

No one was injured in the accident, and the cause was not immediately known.

The electric car burst into flames 30 minutes after it was parked in the city’s San Po Kong district on Sunday, the newspaper stated, with three explosions observed on CCTV footage.

Firemen took 45 minutes to control the fire.

The electric car was a Tesla Model S 85 KWH dual power version, according to the report, although no explanation has been provided yet that what might have caused the blaze.

Replying to a request for comment from Reuters, Tesla refused to comment.

Hong Kong’s fire services department informed Reuters that a vehicle caught fire on Sunday, but provided no details.

Officials are investigating the cause.

The incident comes three weeks following Tesla’s statement that it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that revealed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding in the commercial hub located in Shanghai.

The automaker has stated its EVs are about 10 times less likely to face a fire than petrol-powered cars.

There have been at least 14 incidents of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, majority of them after a crash.

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