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Car Fires in China Spur Investigations by Tesla, Its Rival NIO

  • Video on social media showed car with Tesla logo spewing smoke
  • China saw at least 40 new-energy car fire incidents last year
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Tesla Adds China Car Fire, Battery Battle to Product News, Earnings
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Tesla Inc. and its Chinese competitor NIO Inc. are looking into fires involving their vehicles, as videos of a car bursting into flames circulate on social media in the world’s largest electric auto market.

A white sedan bearing Tesla’s logo was caught on a video taken from a closed-circuit camera emitting smoke from both sides Sunday evening, before catching fire. A team from Tesla has been sent to Shanghai to look into the incident and is in touch with local authorities, the carmaker said on its official Weibo account Monday. As far as Tesla is aware, there were no casualties.