The recent unfortunate incidents of electric scooter fires in India have raised many concerns among electric scooter consumers and manufacturers. The same issue has now caught the attention of the Indian government and the authorities have directed an inquiry into the matter to get to the root of the fire. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has recently launched an investigation into the burning of an Ola electric scooter in Pune.
According to Road Transport and Highways Secretary Giridhar Aramen, “the government has ordered an investigation into the Ola electric scooter fire. Independent science and technology space experts will investigate the incident and submit a report. ” Meanwhile, sources further said that the government will dig deeper into the cause of the fire and a thorough analysis will be carried out in the future to prevent such fires.
On the other hand, Ola Electric said, “We are aware of an incident that happened to us on a scooter in Pune and are investigating to understand the root cause and will share more updates in the next few days. We’re in constant contact with customers who are absolutely secure. Vehicle safety is extremely important at Ola and we are committed to the highest quality of our products. We have taken this incident seriously and will take appropriate action and share more in the coming days. ”
In addition to the Ola S1 Pro that crashed in Pune, an Okinawa Autotech electric scooter caught fire on the same day in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Unfortunately, in this case, the life of a man and his 13-year-old daughter was claimed. Police sources said the cause of the fire was due to negligence and short circuit of the user while charging the car.
“Our deepest condolences to the family,” Okinawa said in an official statement. According to credible sources, media and local authorities, this is a clear case of short circuit due to negligence in charging the vehicle. We will wait for a full investigation, “the company added, adding that” the safety of our customers is of paramount importance to us, and we adhere to the highest quality standards in our electric scooters. “
According to the EV manufacturer, this example also highlights the importance of understanding customers’ proper EV usage and charging requirements. The company added, “As a responsible brand, we have repeatedly come forward and taken many initiatives to create and educate our customers about the proper use and potential hazards of electric 2-wheelers. In case of any negligence in taking proper care of the car battery, “
After these two incidents, a third incident was also reported where a pure EV electric scooter caught fire. This time the incident took place near Mathur Toll Plaza in Manjampakkam, Chennai. Like all other electric scooter manufacturers, Pure Evio says it is investigating the incident and the scooter is now being analyzed at the service center.
Acknowledging the incident, the company said, “We have considered the incident reported with a customer’s car in Tamil Nadu and have received preliminary information from the concerned client and our dealer. The crashed car has been brought to our respective dealer service station for further analysis. We are investigating the incident and will make a thorough assessment. We adhere to the highest safety standards through rigorous internal testing, as well as special phase change materials applied to our battery packs to avoid rapid fire / explosion type situations.