Tesla to upgrade battery software after car fires

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Car fire in Hong Kong being the most recent.

Tesla Inc is set to update its battery software following two recent fires involving it’s Model S electric vehicles in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the American electric automaker stated on Thursday, adding that investigations into the incidents are continued.

“As we keep investigating, out of an abundance of caution, we are revising charge and thermal management settings on Model S and Model X vehicles through an over-the-air software update that will start rolling out today, to help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity,” Tesla stated in a statement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, it was reported that a Tesla car caught fire in a shopping mall parking lot after it was parked for 30 minutes.

Tesla stated its investigation with officials into that incident so far discovered only a few of the car’s battery modules impacted and that most of the battery pack was unharmed.

The Hong Kong incident came 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 in Shanghai.

There have been no less than 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, majority of them following a crash.

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