A fresh case of fire in an electric scooter has come to light. This case is from Andheri, Mumbai. A video related to the incident has also come. It is clearly visible in the video that suddenly smoke starts rising in an electric scooter. Within no time the smoke rises rapidly and then the scooter catches fire all of a sudden. Electric scooter starts burning up. With the help of water and fire extinguisher, people are able to control the fire in the scooter with great difficulty.
Fourth case of fire in electric vehicle
This is the fourth such incident since September this year. The Economic Times report states that the electric scooter that caught fire is the X1 electric scooter from SaharaEVOLS. This company of Sahara Group had entered the electric vehicles segment in June 2019. The company has partnered with Gwalior-based Supereco Automotive to manufacture 50,000 electric two-wheelers and 60,000 three-wheelers. The price of the X1 electric scooter is close to Rs. 80,000. The electric scooter has a range of 80 kms and is powered by a 1.9KWh lithium-ion battery. The scooter has a 250 watt motor.
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Ongoing investigation to find out the cause of the incident
In an Economic Times report, Supereco Automotive has said that they are investigating the flaw. Also, he has approached his third party vendor in Bengaluru. A spokesperson for Super Eco told ET Auto, “We only make vehicles. We do not manufacture batteries in-house. Batteries come from third party vendors. We have taken up the matter with the battery supplier. Investigation is on to find out the reason behind the incident.
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This is not the first case of an electric scooter catching fire. Earlier, two electric scooters of Pure EV had caught fire. After this, a case of fire in Okinawa’s scooter came to light. At present, lithium ion cells are not produced in India, they are currently imported from China.