The electric vehicle adoption rate in India has gone up significantly. Many people have started opting for electric scooters instead of ICE scooters. Now, in general, electric scooters are very safe and reliable. However, once in a while, one of these new battery-based scooters erupts in fire, making everyone question their safety. Recently, another one of the electric scooters from the country’s largest EV scooter maker, Ola Electric, caught on fire. Soon after, a video of firefighters extinguishing this burning scooter was shared online.
One more incident of an Ola electric scooter catching fire has been reported near the parking lot of D.Y Patil College in Pimpri Chinchwad. This alarming event occurred near the Institute’s parking area, igniting at approximately 8:30 in the morning. Upon receiving the report,… pic.twitter.com/tr0K3yn9pp
— Pune Mirror (@ThePuneMirror) October 28, 2023
Ola Electric Scooter Fire in Pune
The video of this particular Ola Electric EV scooter being extinguished has been shared on X (formerly Twitter) by The Pune Mirror on their page. The video has been reported to come from Pune. The post mentioned that this Ola Electric S1 Pro electric scooter caught on fire near D.Y Patil College in Pimpri Chinchwad. According to the post, the scooter ignited at around 8:30 in the morning. Soon after this, the fire brigade was called.
Upon arriving at the parking lot where this scooter erupted in fire, the firefighters took control of the situation and extinguished the burning Ola Electric scooter. The good news was that nobody suffered any injuries during the fire. However, the scooter was severely burned and incurred heavy damage. At the moment, the exact reason for this fire has not been reported. It is believed that Ola Electric might launch an investigation into why this situation occurred in the first place.
Not the First Ola Electric on Fire
Over the last year, electric scooters from many different automakers have caught fire. However, Ola Electric tops this list. Just a few days ago in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, another parked Ola Electric S1 Pro EV scooter randomly caught on fire. Just like the scooter in Pune, the main reason behind the fire of this scooter has not been found yet. Last time it was reported that the company did start its investigation and was cooperating with the owner. It was added that the company promised to replace the scooter with a new one.
Ola Electric Founder Says Electric Vehicle Fires Will Happen
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EV fires will happen. Happens in all global products too. EV fires are much less frequent than ICE fires. https://t.co/gGowsWTKZV
— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) June 23, 2022
Back in June of this year, a Tata Nexon EV sub-compact SUV caught on fire. The video of it burning down went viral on the internet and while resharing the video on X, Ola founder Bhavish Aggarwal made a comment. He stated, “EV fires will happen. Happens in all global products too. EV fires are much less frequent than ICE fires.” The quote from Bhavish came because he has come under the spotlight for many instances of Ola Electric scooters catching on fires.
Government’s Interference to Avoid Such Fire Incidents
Just a few months ago, the incidents of electric scooters catching on fire became so severe that the government had to initiate an investigation on these frequently occurring matters. The investigation was carried out by the Centre for Fire, Explosive, and Environment Safety, an entity under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was reported that the DRDO found serious defects in the batteries, including designs of the battery packs and modules from some EV automakers.