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Another electric scooter caught on fire; no injuries reported

With the rise in popularity of electric vehicles across the world, a few cases of these vehicles catching fire have been reported as well. Now, another electric scooter has caught fire near Samalkha, South West Delhi. The owner of the vehicle managed to douse the fire at the right time and there were no injuries.

Siddharth Zarabi, a verified Twitter user and Managing Editor at Business Today Television, shared a video on the microblogging platform showing an electric scooter heated up and was about to catch fire. As seen in the video, the owner of the scooter managed to put out the fire on time and no injuries were spotted.

The series of fires triggered concerns about the safety of electric vehicles and whether Indian e-scooter makers have rushed their products, with parts imported from China, to the market without adequate quality and safety checks to test whether the batteries could weather the harsh local conditions, including soaring summer temperatures and potholed roads.

Similarly, Ola Electric hit headlines earlier this year after a video of the company’s electric scooter got viral in which a 2-wheeler caught fire and soon questions were raised over the safety standards on social media.

The incident took place in the Dhanori area of Pune in Maharashtra at around 1 pm on March 26. Ola released a statement on the same day following the incident.

Ola Electric through its Twitter account said, “We are aware of an incident in Pune that happened with one of our scooters and are investigating to understand the root cause and will share more updates in the next few days.”

Over rising concerns about electric two-wheelers safety, the government had ordered a probe after an Ola Electric scooter caught fire in Pune. The Bangalore-based electric two-wheelers manufacturer has ensured that vehicle safety is of paramount importance at Ola. The company is looking into the matter and has said to share more details in the coming days.

As per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), the Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) had been asked to probe the circumstances that led to the incident and also suggest remedial measures, reported by PTI.

The ministry in a letter had asked to share the findings along with the remedial measures for improving and preventing such incidents in the future.


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