Rising petrol prices have presented electric vehicles as an interesting proposition for commuters. However, incidents of fire in electric scooters have left buyers confused and worried about their safety. In another incident, an electric scooter of Pure EV caught fire near Mathur toll plaza in Manjampakkam area outside north Chennai.
A 26-second long video of the incident shows plumes of smoke billowing out of a red colored Pure EV electric scooter which is parked on the side of a highway. Pure EV has taken cognizance of the incident and said that it is investigating the matter.
“We are investigating the incident and will conduct a thorough evaluation. We adhere to the highest safety standards by applying special phase change materials to our battery packs along with rigorous internal testing to avoid rapid fire/explosion, the company said in a statement to The Economic Times.
Further, the company said that it is yet to get the full details about the thermal runaway of the electric scooter involved in the incident, however, preliminary information suggests that the melting of the electric scooter caused white smoke to erupt for a long time. organic phase change material for several minutes. This was followed by a controlled thermal runaway event which eventually led to an uncontrolled fire.
“As soon as we receive the accident vehicle, we will do a thorough root cause analysis,” the company said.
Significantly, this is the fourth incident of fire in an electric scooter in India in the last one week.
Earlier this week, a video of an Ola S1 electric scooter catching fire had surfaced online. The vehicle was parked on the roadside in Pune at the time of the incident. Responding to the incident, the company said that it is investigating the matter.
In another incident, a father-daughter duo died after an Okinawa e-bike caught fire in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore. “According to reliable sources, media and local officials, it is a clear case of short circuit due to negligence in charging the vehicle. We will wait for the full investigation to unfold,” the company said in response to the incident.
In the third incident, an electric scooter was reported to have caught fire in Trichy’s Manapparai. No casualties have been reported in this incident.
These incidents have not gone unnoticed by the central government. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has ordered an inquiry into the incidents of fire in electric scooters. The Center for Fire Explosive and Environmental Safety (CFEES) is investigating.
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