Tesla responds to viral video of exploding car with video of its own

The company insists its electric cars are 10 times less likely to catch fire than other automobiles, but it might have trouble convincing customers. CEO Elon Musk’s antics might not be helping.

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This article originally ran in 2019 and is part of our annual countdown of the most-viewed stories from PR Daily.

Tesla is fighting fire with video.

Reports of its electric cars igniting and burning are plaguing the company and its renegade CEO, Elon Musk.

A video—as yet not verified—of one of its Model S electric cars erupting in flames in a Shanghai car park has gone viral, first on Chinese social media and then globally on Twitter.

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 $TSLA pic.twitter.com/HOwMcvulV1

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