A Tesla Model S caught on fire on March 4 while being parked at a supercharger station in Shanghai. The accident destroyed the Model S vehicle and another Tesla car parked next to the Model S. No one was injured during the accident, according to Chinese media reports.
The Jinqiao Tesla supercharger station was located across the street from Tesla’s first 4S stores in China. Chinese reports suggest that the vehicle in question has parked in its location for a long time, and it’s unclear if the vehicle was being charged or not while the fire took place.
Tesla’s press office in Asia did not immediately respond to an inquiry from China Money Network to confirm the news.
Staff at the supercharger used dry powder fire extinguisher to put out the fire, as the lithium batteries used in Tesla vehicles reacts explosively with water to form hydrogen.
In November, a Tesla Model S caught on fire after hitting a tree at a reportedly high-speed in Indianapolis in the U.S., killing both the driver and the passenger. In September, a Tesla Model S driver also died in a crash after hitting a tree at high speed in the Netherlands.
One month earlier, a Model S caught on fire in France during a test drive. In January 2016, a Tesla Model S caught on fire while charging at a supercharger in Norway. The cause was later determined to be a short circuit by Tesla.
More pictures of the incident from Chinese social media platforms: