For those that were alarmed by our reports over the last three weeks of Teslas in China and Hong Kong appearing to spontaneously combust, don’t worry: there’s a software update for that. At least, that is the company line that Tesla wants you to believe while it continues to investigate the cause of recent incidents of parked Tesla vehicles catching fire for apparently no reason at all.
Tesla has started putting out a software update that will change battery charge and thermal management settings in Model S sedans and Model X SUVs, according to TechCrunch.
Tesla claims that the software update is being done out of “an abundance of caution”. The company says it’s supposed to “protect the battery and improve its longevity”. Because we guess it’s bad PR to come out and say: we’re trying to prevent cars from bursting into flames for no apparent reason at all.
And if they could improve battery longevity via a software update, why haven’t they done it already?
Regardless, the software update will not apply to Model 3 vehicles and Tesla says that it hasn’t yet identified the cause of the Hong Kong fire, or found any issues with battery packs. Here is the statement Tesla put out: