The viral video appears to show gases escaping from the battery module before it bursts into flames, shooting fire out from beneath the front and sides of the vehicle. Import tariffs resulting from the trade war with the United States have seen Tesla prices in China fluctuate wildly.
The user tweeted "Good or bad, negative or positive I will post anything about Tesla or EVs in China".
The automaker now imports all the cars it sells in China, but is building a factory in Shanghai that will initially make its Model 3 and help reduce the hit of a trade war.
In March, a labeling mistake forced customs officers in Shanghai to suspend clearance for Tesla cars. Some users urged the automaker to quickly find the cause, whereas others speculated over the impact to the value of Tesla cars now on the road. The rest saw parked Tesla set on fire by their batteries. Both companies are investigating the cause of the fires.
According to news agency Bloomberg, there were at least 40 fire-related incidents in China in 2018 involving "new-energy" vehicles, which includes electrics, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell vehicles.