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Elon Musk’s Tesla has sent a team to investigate a Chinese viral video, purportedly showing one of its electric cars spontaneously combusting and going up in flames in an indoor parking lot.

The chilling video has been circulating on Chinese social media. The short CCTV clip, reportedly filmed in Shanghai, starts with what appears to be an empty white Tesla Model S parked in an indoor parking lot. Smoke suddenly appears from underneath the electric vehicle. It is almost immediately followed by a bright flash, after which the car bursts into flames.

Good or bad, negative or positive I will post anything about Tesla or EVs in China. This happened today in Shanghai, China ?? 1st generation Tesla Model S caught Fire ? underground car park.#Tesla#TeslaChina#ModelS#Fire#China#Shanghai#特斯拉#中国$

— Jay in Shanghai (@ShanghaiJayin) 21 апреля 2019 г.

So far, it hasn’t been possible to independently verify the video, but it nonetheless caught Tesla’s attention. A team was “immediately” dispatched onsite and the company is supporting local authorities in trying “to establish the facts,” the California-based carmaker said.

Safety concerns have been raised in relation to Tesla in the past, as there have been reports of more than a dozen of its vehicles spontaneously catching fire since 2013. The company insists that its electric cars are still safer than petrol-powered ones.

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