Left Menu
Development News Edition

Tesla car explodes in Hong Kong parking lot before bursting into flames: Report

Devdiscourse News Desk | Hong Kong | Updated: 14-05-2019 11:32 IST | Created: 14-05-2019 10:29 IST
Tesla car explodes in Hong Kong parking lot before bursting into flames: Report
The vehicle was a Tesla Model S 85 KWH dual power version, added the paper, which gave no explanation of what might have caused the blaze. Image Credit: Twitter (@Reuters)

A Tesla Inc electric car caught fire in a parking lot in a Hong Kong shopping mall, the Apple Daily newspaper said on Tuesday, but no one was injured in the blaze, whose cause was not immediately known. The electric car burst into flames 30 minutes after being parked in the city's San Po Kong district on Sunday, the newspaper said, with three explosions seen on CCTV footage.

Firemen took 45 minutes to douse the fire. The vehicle was a Tesla Model S 85 KWH dual power version added the paper, which gave no explanation of what might have caused the blaze.

Responding to a request from Reuters, Tesla declined to comment. Reuters was not able to contact the vehicle owner or obtain CCTV footage of the incident. Hong Kong's fire services department told Reuters a vehicle caught fire on Sunday, but gave no details, such as the make of the car. Authorities are investigating the cause.

The incident comes three weeks after Tesla said it had sent a team to investigate a video on Chinese social media that showed a parked Tesla Model S car exploding in the commercial hub of Shanghai. The automaker has said its EVs are about 10 times less likely to experience a fire than petrol-powered cars. There have been at least 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, most of them after a crash.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Rethinking Rural Livelihoods in the Times of COVID-19

The reverse migration caused by COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional burden of about one crore people on Indian villages particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha. Besides increasing the risk of spreading the ...

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Videos

Latest News

Soccer-MLS to allow full-team training, with COVID-19 testing in place

Major League Soccer MLS said on Thursday that clubs could return to full-team training, provided they get approval from medical staff and a local infectious disease expert and follow rigorous health and safety procedures. The announcement m...

Flight from Jeddah arrives in Srinagar with 143 passengers

As part of the governments initiative to evacuate Jammu and Kashmir residents stranded abroad amid the lockdown, an Air India flight from Jeddah arrived in Srinagar on Thursday with around 143 passengers, an official spokesman said. On the ...

Spike of 1,359 cases takes Delhi's COVID-19 tally to over 25K; death toll climbs to 650

Delhi recorded 1,359 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday, which took the citys COVID-19 tally past the 25,000-mark, and the death toll due to the disease mounted to 650, authorities said. The highest single-day spike of 1,513 cases in the n...

Bills QB Fromm sorry for 'elite white people' text

Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Jake Fromm apologized on Thursday for using the words elite white people in a text message sent last year. Screengrabs of the text message conversation, which appears to have happened in March of 2019, surfa...

Give Feedback