An incident on Sunday in which a Tesla vehicle caught fire in a Shanghai parking garage may have been caused by a battery short circuit, a preliminary investigation has found.

Tao Wei, an automobile defect expert at China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, who is part of the investigation, told The Paper (in Chinese) that the finding came as a result of an initial check on Wednesday morning, though no data could be recovered as the car’s chip and battery had been destroyed. The evaluation was carried out at a Tesla test center in Shanghai.

In a statement on microblogging platform Weibo, Tesla said no preliminary conclusions had been formed, and that it would announce the results in a timely manner. “Please do not spread rumors,” the company added.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.