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Tesla Says Single Battery Module Caused Car Fire in Shanghai

BEIJING/TOKYO — Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Inc. said on Friday a single battery module caused a car to catch fire in Shanghai and it had revised its vehicle settings to further protect its batteries following an investigation into the …

Audi Recalls First Electric SUV in U.S. on Battery Fire Risk

Volkswagen AG’s luxury brand Audi is recalling its first all-electric vehicle sold in the U.S. due to a potential risk of a battery fire. The company issued a voluntary recall of approximately 540 E-Tron SUVs because of a risk that …

U.S. Warns: Don’t Turn on or Stow New Galaxy 7 Phone on Airplanes

Airline passengers should not turn on or charge their Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Galaxy Note 7 smartphones during flights or stow them in checked baggage due to concerns over the phone’s fire-prone batteries, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said. The …

Tesla Model S Retains 5-Star Rating Amid U.S. Safety Review

Tesla Motors Inc., the electric-car maker being reviewed by U.S. regulators over battery-related fires, said the safety rating for its Model S sedan is reaffirmed for the 2014 model year. The flagship vehicle from the Palo Alto, California-based company, with …

Tesla CEO Expects Feds to Clear Model S in Fires

The leader of upstart automaker Tesla Motors says he is confident that its Model S electric car is safe and will be cleared by a federal investigation into two battery fires. CEO Elon Musk said the fires, which occurred when …

GM CEO Says Politics Played Role in Volt Probe

General Motors’ chief executive plans to tell lawmakers that he believes politics motivated a U.S. government investigation of battery fires in Chevy Volts. In testimony prepared for delivery at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, Dan Akerson said it …