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

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  • Video on social media showed car with Tesla logo spewing smoke
  • China saw at least 40 new-energy car fire incidents last year

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 carmakersaidon its official Weibo account Monday. As far as Tesla is aware, there were no casualties.

A few hours later, NIO — a Shanghai-based EV maker that listed on the Nasdaq last year — said one of its ES8 models caught fire in the north-west Chinese city of Xi’an while being repaired. No one was harmed and NIO is investigating.
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