CCTV captures moment when a parked Tesla Model S car suddenly exploded in a garage


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The video featured in this post is a must see. It contains footage from a CCTV camera that captured the moment when a parked Tesla Model S car suddenly exploded

The entire team of isn’t yet sure what to conclude as regards electric cars and its possible adoption in Nigeria. This update even complicated matters and literally added to our existing arguments on the subject matter.

Tesla has begun a serious investigation on a video that was recently posted on Weibo (China’s Twitter-like social media platform) which shows the sudden explosion of a parked white Tesla Model S car in the city of Shanghai in China.

The video came from CCTV footage recorded at around 8:15 pm on Sunday, April 21, 2019. The video started with the white Tesla Model S car suddenly emitting whitish coloured smoke and in just a few seconds later busted into flames.

On Monday, April 22, 2019, Tesla made a public statement saying;

"We immediately sent a team on site and we’re supporting local authorities to establish the facts. From what we know now, no one was harmed”

Since the year 2013, there have been just 14 recorded instances of a Tesla electric car catching fire, with most of such cases occurring after a car crash involving the car itself.


This parked white Tesla Model S car (left) suddenly began to emit fumes and just seconds later busted into flames

Based on Tesla’s fleet of currently over 500,000 cars which in total have driven over ten billion miles, Tesla claims that petrol-powered cars are at ten times more risk of catching fire than vehicles powered by electric batteries

See the CCTV captured video of the exploded Tesla Model S car below:

  Tesla Model S on fire in Shanghai – 2019

On Monday which was April 22, the hashtag “Tesla self-ignites” actually became the most popular and it racked as much as over 20 million clicks within 24 hours.

Some concerned Tesla car users/owners had called on the company to help find the cause of the incident as quickly as possible.

A user could even be recalled saying;

“One lesson I learnt from the Shanghai self-exploding Tesla: Don’t park your car next to a Tesla”

This video couldn’t be so badly timed as it comes just at the time when Tesla was preparing to now unveiling its “full self-driving” technology at a popular conference in Palo Alto, California USA that same Monday, April 22.

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
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