A Tesla Model S spontaneously combusted (again) when it was sitting still in a parking lot in a wealthy community in Shanghai, the video footage is dated 4/22/2019.
Since the above incident happened outside (in China) of the United States, so most Tesla fans are speculating that the video may suggest “sabotage” of some sort by the Chinese owner of the car. The following is another video footage of yet another Tesla spontaneously combusting on its own but this time in LA California USA.
What type of batteries do Tesla cars use?
The batteries that Tesla has been using, sourced from Panasonic, for its Model S electric car are a lithium-ion battery with a cathode that is a combination of a lithium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum oxide.
Why do lithium ion batteries explode?The chemicals inside the lithium-ion battery begin to heat up on any forceful impacts, which then causes further degradation of the separator inside the unit. The battery can eventually hit temperatures of more than 1,000° F. At that point the flammable electrolyte ignites and then explodes when exposed to the oxygen in the air.