Tesla data reveal Chinese woman who threw Shanghai tantrum was speeding at 118.5 kilometers an hour

Tesla Inc has released the data logs of a car that crashed in China to the woman who garnered global headlines after she staged a protest at this week’s Shanghai Auto Show claiming the vehicle’s brakes had failed, Bloomberg reports.

The Model 3 car, which was being driven by Zhang Yazhou’s father at the time, was traveling at 118.5 kilometers an hour (74 miles per hour) just before impact and slowed to around 48.5 kilometers an hour after the brakes were applied, according to a local media report. The data also showed that the driver braked more than 40 times in the half-hour before the crash, and at multiple points the vehicle was traveling at more than 100 kilometers per hour.

Tesla and Zhang have been arguing for several months over whether the car was speeding and if the braking system failed, the report said. Tesla has said its stance was based on vehicle data, which Zhang alleges was tampered with.

The release of the car’s data logs – provided after the market regulator of Zhengzhou, Henan, where the crash occurred, ordered Tesla’s branch there to unconditionally provide the woman with complete driving data for the 30 minutes before the crash – caps a big week for the U.S. automaker.

The drama started on Monday on day one of the Shanghai Auto Show, when Zhang climbed on one of Tesla’s display vehicles. Her protest was captured by scores of onlookers who then uploaded the footage to social media, helping it go viral.

Tesla initially played down the incident, saying Zhang was “widely known” for protesting, but quickly struck a more conciliatory tone after the critics piled in.

China’s state media, Xinhua, published an article on Tuesday that said the quality of Tesla’s electric vehicles must meet market expectations to win consumer trust. A few hours later, the Communist Party itself posted a commentary on its WeChat account saying Tesla should respect Chinese consumers and comply with local laws and regulations.

Tesla then issued a wide-ranging apology and subsequently released the data Zhang had been asking for after the Zhengzhou regulator’s directive.

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