Cops near this Chinese city may be banning Tesla cars from highways


Tesla electric vehicles have been in the middle of several controversies in recent weeks, several of these are in China – the world’s biggest automotive market. With concerns ranging from safety and quality checks to possible surveillance by the on-board cameras, it has been a string of crisis-fighting exercises for Tesla here.

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A few Tesla owners have now come out on Chinese social media platforms to point out that their EVs are being halted by police officials from being driven on highways around the city of Guangzhou in the wake of a recent accident here which involved a Tesla. This particular incident, according to state-run Global Times, saw a Tesla catching fire after colliding with a cement barrier and another vehicle. One person died in the accident that took place on April 13.

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This may have raised safety concerns around Tesla models and several owners have now started pointing out that their respective cars are being halted by officials.