Just hours after we were the first to break the story about a Tesla spontaneously combusting in a parking garage in China, it appears a NIO ES8 electric car suffered a similar fate. A self-proclaimed Tesla owner in Shanghai that Tweets under the name @ShanghaiJayIn posted video of what appears to be a NIO vehicle being extinguished on his Twitter profile early Monday morning.
NIO's microblog said the vehicle was under repair and caught fire in the northwestern city of Xi’an on Monday afternoon.
“Nio has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire,” Nio told Reuters.
The Twitter user also posted a photograph of the aftermath of the fire, showing what appears to be the carcass of a NIO ES8. The video can be seen here:
Good or bad, negative or positive I will post anything about NIO or EVs in China. This happened today in Xi’an, China 🇨🇳 NIO ES8 caught Fire 🔥While it was at NIO Service Center Xi’an, China.#NIO #NioChina #ES8 #Fire #China #Xian #蔚来 #中国 $NIO pic.twitter.com/WDHbXUMPNs— Jay in Shanghai (@ShanghaiJayin) April 22, 2019
Here is the aftermath of the fire, as "Jay in Shanghai" shows:
Aftermath pic.twitter.com/GpFKpzzKyo— Jay in Shanghai (@ShanghaiJayin) April 22, 2019
On Sunday, we first reported that a parked Tesla had appeared to catch fire in a garage before spontaneously combusting. Tesla has since said they have sent a team to China to investigate. “We immediately sent a team onsite and we’re supporting local authorities to establish the facts. From what we know now, no one was harmed,” Tesla said.
We are looking forward to the findings of the company's report, and to see just how Tesla determines that a driver was again at fault even if they weren't in the vehicle at the time...