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Tesla update battery software following car burn

FILE PHOTO: Tesla logo is shown on a ground-breaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, China, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

(Reuters) – Tesla Inc. will update the battery software after two recent fires involving the Model S, electric vehicles (EV) in Shanghai and Hong Kong, the U.S. automaker said on Thursday, adding that the investigation into the incidents are ongoing.

“As we continue our research into the cause, out of an abundance of caution, we are reviewing cost and the thermal management of the settings on the Model S and Model X vehicles via an over-the-air software update that will start the roll-out of today, to help and to protect the battery and the battery life to improve.” Tesla said in a statement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper reported that a Tesla car caught fire in a shopping mall parking lot after 30 minutes to be parked.

Tesla said that its investigation with the authorities in that incident until now found only a few of the battery modules affected, and that the majority of the battery was undamaged.

The Hong Kong incident came three weeks after Tesla said it had sent a team to investigate a video on the Chinese social media appeared to be a parked Tesla Model S car explosion in the commercial centre of Shanghai.

There are at least 14 instances of Tesla cars catching fire since 2013, most of them after a crash.

Reporting Sathvik N and Kanishka Singh in BENGALURU and Yilei Sun in BEIJING; Editing by Brenda Goh Cushing and Christopher

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