Tesla has introduced it’s updating its battery software program following current fires that wrecked three Mannequin S autos situated in Shanghai, San Francisco, and Hong Kong, respectively.
The Elon Musk-owned automaker mentioned in an announcement that its investigation is continuous, however as a security precaution it has began to push out an over-the-air software program replace for Mannequin S and Mannequin X batteries that may revise their cost and thermal administration settings.
Tesla mentioned the replace will assist “additional shield the battery and enhance its longevity.” The California-based firm added that it’s but to determine a difficulty with the battery however will remember to act if one is recognized. “The protection of our clients is our prime precedence,” it mentioned.
The transfer comes after three Teslas caught fireplace whereas parked in lower than a month. The primary incident occurred in April in Shanghai, China, when a Mannequin S all of a sudden caught fireplace in a parking storage. Safety footage reveals smoke billowing from beneath the automobile earlier than it all of a sudden explodes. There have been no studies of any accidents.
The second fireplace occurred in early Could in a non-public storage situated in San Francisco. Once more, there have been no accidents, however the automotive was badly broken. Information of the same incident got here on Tuesday when Hong Kong media reported that one other Mannequin S had caught fireplace within the car parking zone of a shopping center about half an hour after being parked. The proprietor mentioned he used Tesla’s Supercharger to zap his automotive’s battery pack with a 97-percent cost earlier than parking it within the storage. Once more, nobody was damage. Tesla continues to be trying into all three incidents.
In its assertion issued on Wednesday, the electric-car maker mentioned: “As we proceed our investigation of the foundation trigger, out of an abundance of warning, we’re revising cost and thermal administration settings on Mannequin S and Mannequin X autos through an over-the-air software program replace that may start rolling out in the present day, to assist additional shield the battery and enhance battery longevity.”
The corporate was eager to level on the market are at present greater than half one million Tesla automobiles on the street and that such fires are extraordinarily uncommon, although it admitted that even one is one too many.
“Though fireplace incidents involving Tesla autos are already extraordinarily uncommon and our automobiles are 10 instances much less more likely to expertise a fireplace than a fuel automotive, we consider the suitable variety of incidents to aspire to is zero,” Tesla mentioned in its assertion.
There have been no less than 14 instances the place a Tesla has caught fireplace, however in most of those the blazes have been the results of the battery packs struggling harm in a collision. The truth that the 2 current Mannequin S fires began when the automobiles had been parked is a troubling improvement and a difficulty that Tesla will probably be eager to correctly perceive and resolve as quickly as doable. The software program replace is definitely a primary step.