Tesla planning to upgrade battery systems after vehicle explosions in China

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Earlier in 2016, Joshua Brown died in a similar Tesla crash near Gainesville, Florida when his Model S sedan crashed into a semi-trailer truck.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a report released Thursday that another Tesla driver activated their car's Autopilot feature and then took their hands off the steering wheel before fatally colliding with another vehicle.

The company this week issued the update, which tweaks "charge and thermal management settings" in the battery out of "an abundance of caution".

Numerous variables could impact a lithium-ion battery's susceptibility to such runaway, including its charge/discharge history, age, the ambient conditions it's been exposed to, and more.

It remains uncertain whether this same software update is used for the thermal management system found in the Model 3 Performance model. These updates will "help further protect the battery and improve battery longevity", Tesla added. Hong Kong's Fire Services Department has confirmed it's investigating a fire, without identifying the make of the auto. The incident, however, was captured in CCTV footage and the video of the Model S battery going up in flames went viral.

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Tesla has announced an over-the-air software update to its Model S and Model X cars after reports of battery fires in Hong Kong and two locations in China.

This follows the electric vehicle company's supremo, Elon Musk, taking a dig at Panasonic on Twitter.

Compared with regular, combustion-engine-powered vehicles, electric auto fires can't be put out with foam or chemicals.

Previous incidents involving Tesla vehicles catching on fire seem to have happened while the cars were moving.

Still, Tesla is taking additional precautions when it comes to these battery fires, as these types of fires can not be extinguished by chemicals or foam, therefore requiring gallons of water to put them out. In 2018, the country recorded at least 40 fire-related incidents involving new-energy vehicles, which includes pure battery electric, hybrid plug-in and fuel-cell vehicles, according to the State Administration for Market Regulation.

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